The domain industry divides again over Bitcoin – and it’s getting ugly


Well ever since Rick Schwartz brought up the link between domain names and Bitcoin a small battle has been waging on, and it’s still going. This has led to another discussion that has to do with what people should write about on “domain blogs” and if Bitcoin is fair game or not.

I don’t write a “domain blog” – this is so not surprisingly I talk about the things I’m interested in, domain names is one of those things but I’m also interested in eSports, Bitcoin, startups, etc. So I can’t speak for myself like I’m a domain blogger, but I do know popular domain bloggers like Andrew Alleman, brokers like Andrew Rosner, and industry veterans like Rick Schwartz are definitely talking about and digging Bitcoin. Andrew, author of popular domain blog said learning more about Blockchain was actually one of the main reasons why he went to MERGE:

One of my main reasons for attending was to learn more about blockchain and how it can transform businesses. (Source –

Yesterday I wrote a post about Blockchain and the first comment I got was from someone who I actually have a lot of respect for as a domainer. Seriously, go look at his site and you’ll see he owns some pretty stellar names…but he seems to be pretty unhappy about any blog that covers Bitcoin/Blockchain, at least based on his comment below:


Of course one commenter doesn’t speak for everyone and a number of my readers chimed in fairly saying that…yeah, this commenter doesn’t speak for everyone:


What’s interesting to see here is how the industry is dividing. You have major leaders like Rick Schwartz, Andrew Rosner, Andrew Alleman and many more now becoming increasingly interested in and talking about Bitcoin. At the same time you have people like who seem to read my blog (maybe not any more now that I mentioned Bitcoin!) but want to only read blogs about domain names.

So what’s going on here? Is the domain industry getting more divided or is this an industry where people can only be myopically focused on domain names and domain names only? I personally think it would be damn boring if all the blogs on only talked about domain names but that might just be me.

What do you think? Comment and let your voice be heard!

Morgan Linton

Morgan Linton