new dotblogger: seths.blog

Looking for a daily dose of thought-provoking inspiration? Look no further than seths.blog. The daily blog, written by prolific author Seth Godin, is full of life-changing insights on leadership, marketing, entrepreneurship, and life lessons.

Seth is the author of 18 best-selling books, including the world’s most popular ebook — “Unleashing the Ideavirus“— and the best-selling marketing book, “Purple Cow.” He continues to share his knowledge through courses he offers via Udemy and his altMBA seminar, created to develop online leadership and management skills.

Of course, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him into the dotblogger family.

To learn more about Seth, check out one of his many TED Talks, his weekly podcast, Akimbo, or any one of his posts from his prolific blog. His approach to work, productivity, and writing will inspire you and shift the way you think.

Crafting Your Community with timescavengers.blog

This post is part of a series to showcase the wide variety of talented bloggers using .blog domains. In each post, we’ll interview a site owner to explore their .blog and dive into an area of expertise, ranging from editing tips and tricks to how to build your following.

Adriane and Jen are the two masterminds behind Time Scavengers, a blog dedicated to educating the broader public about science, evolution, and climate change. Their site offers an abundance of resources for both beginner and expert scientists alike, ranging from introductory material on science to their “Byte of Life” posts, where they explore what it’s like to be a researcher and take a deep dive into the work they’re doing. They both manage Time Scavangers. along with their diverse community of contributors, in between their full-time studies and work. Continue reading “Crafting Your Community with timescavengers.blog”

Building Your Audience with msirsah.blog

This post is part of a series to showcase the wide variety of talented bloggers using .blog domains. In each post, we’ll interview a site owner to explore their .blog and dive into an area of expertise, ranging from editing tips and tricks to how to build your following.

Irsah, the woman behind msirsah.blog, is a beauty blogger and influencer who shares makeup reviews and tutorials to her avid audience. Her primary platform is Instagram, where she’s built a massive following of 135,000 fans. She shared her perspective on what inspires her audience and how she’s cultivated social media to boost her fanbase. Continue reading “Building Your Audience with msirsah.blog”

.blog, New and Improved

It’s time for a new look for .blog. Since our launch in November 2016, we’ve kept our branding focused on a style that speaks to the fun and communicative nature of our community: bloggers.

As .blog grew, and our mindset grew along with it, we decided it was time for a branding revamp. Our logo offers a more simple and sleek look, aligned with the overall design and vision of our parent company, Automattic. This more streamlined style brings your focus to our favorite keyword: blog.

In the process of redesigning the .blog logo, we reimagined the .blog website. We’ve introduced a variety of new features, including:

  • A .blog domain availability checker, so you can easily see if the .blog domain you’d like is available to register.
  • True to our bread and butter, we’ve highlighted our blog to be front and center on our site.
  • Our homepage now highlights sites included in our dotblogger program, so you can see all of the influencers and bloggers we’re proud to call members of the .blog family.

The new look is courtesy of Chris Runnells and Kjell Reigstad of the Automattic design team, the folks behind design.blog.

We’re excited to launch this new look and feel it is an excellent representation of our focus for the year to come. Straightforward, streamlined, and, as always, putting bloggers first.

If you’re interested in learning more about the team of designers behind the new look, check out design.blog. For our partners, you can find the new design guidelines under the Marketing tab.

new dotblogger: omg.blog

An online entertainment blog with a twist, !! omg blog !! has been in the blogging game since 2003. Geared towards the 18 and up crowd, !! omg blog !! offers celebrity news, daily laughs, and an original Q&A series, all from an LGBT perspective.

They recently made the switch over to omg.blog and we’re excited to welcome them into the dotblogger family. We had an opportunity to chat with their founder to hear his perspective on blogging and why they made the switch to .blog. Continue reading “new dotblogger: omg.blog”

Coming to a Conference Near You

As any seasoned domain industry veteran knows, we’re entering conference season once again. That’s why the .blog team will be dividing and conquering in the next two weeks to attend both CloudFest in Rust, Germany and ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Paolo Belcastro, the Knock Knock WHOIS There team lead, and Don Ruiz, our Head of Business Development, will be heading to Rust to connect with our registrar partners and promote our new marketing programs to both current, and new, participants. We appreciate opportunities like CloudFest to connect with our registrar channel in person, where we can catch up on everyone’s latest projects, collaborate, and enjoy the exciting atmosphere brainstorming at a conference like CloudFest can bring.

Erica Varlese, our policy and compliance officer, will instead be heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico to attend ICANN’s first public meeting of the year. We’ve attended each meeting since ICANN57 in Hyderabad, India and appreciate the value these conferences bring for staying up-to-date and participating in policy discussions within the ICANN community. Like many others, we’re very eager to see what comes of the conversations around the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) during this first ICANN conference of the year.

While we make our way around the globe to connect with other registries, registrars, and end users, we look forward to seeing what projects and policies we build from these discussions. As always, if you’ll be in attendance as well, drop us a note or come find us if you’d like to meet up!

Featured image via CloudFest.

Higher Awareness for new TLDs

KKWT is teaming up with Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, to bring a higher awareness and usage of new TLDs through the launch of 26 new websites using .blog domains, thanks to their Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion, John Maeda, and his unprecedented ability to bring people together to create!

Many of these sites, which represent some of the most popular verticals in the blogging space, were designed by high school students, Automattic’s talented designers, and members of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) to help tackle the diversity problem within the technology and design fields.

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Several sites also incorporate illustrations by artist Tony Ruth and definitions by lexicographer Erin McKean.

  • For artists, Automattic will be launching art.blog, movie.blog, music.blog, photo.blog, poetry.blog, and video.blog.
  • For those passionate about business, finance, and politics, you can now choose from business.blog, finance.blog, law.blog, news.blog, politics.blog, and water.blog.
  • Wanting to show off your passion for your hobby? Fear not, we’ve got you covered too with car.blog, game.blog, fashion.blog, food.blog, and travel.blog.
  • For the lifestyle and fitness-minded, take your pick from family.blog, fitness.blog, health.blog, home.blog, and school.blog.
  • Coders and scientists can unite with code.blog, science.blog, and tech.blog, as well.

Through each of these websites, users can now get free sub-domains that speak to what they do, who they are, or who they aspire to become. So Aunt Mindy, the lawyer, can get mindy.law.blog; Julio, the personal trainer, can get julio.fitness.blog; Katarina, the aspiring photographer, can get kat.photo.blog. The choices are endless. Impressive, right? We think so.

The ability to get online easier is critical to making the web a better place and plays a significant role helping Automattic strive towards their mission of democratizing publishing to the web. For KKWT and other registries offering new top-level domains (TLDs) like .blog, having Automattic offer free sub-domains creates an unprecedented awareness opportunity that will help change the way people view and use new TLDs.

.blog: Measuring Success

It is sometimes difficult to measure the success of a new TLD. Is it registrations, revenue, usage, or renewal rates? For .blog is it the number of posts, blogging activity, or something less obvious like awareness for all new TLDs? Well, maybe it is a combination of all of these things.

We recently completed our first full year offering .blog and things are certainly moving in the right direction. We are pleased to announce that .blog is exceeding our expectations in many areas. With lofty goals, our strategy focuses on usage, uptake, and renewal rates.

The following graphic highlights these important .blog statistics.

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Solid growth, usage, renewal, and paid attachment rates should yield increased revenue, longer-term customers, and higher customer satisfaction for our channel of domain resellers and are great indicators of the potential of .blog as we continue offering it to the world.

Hmm…What Shall I Blog About?

For many people — including me — this is the time of year to spend time with family, raising glasses and loosening our belts. It is also a time when many of us reflect on the past 12 months, making promises to ourselves and others for the upcoming year.

One thing many people vow is to write more and share their experiences through blogging. This proclamation is often immediately followed by a blank stare: “now, what do I write about?”

To help you get inspired, we did some digging to find out what bloggers actually blog about. For this initial study, we asked Automattic’s Data Team to find out what .blog users actually write about. They collected all the tags and categories people use on posts, choosing 5 random posts per blog to study —  here’s a word cloud of the top 2000 words in their analysis:

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While life, travel, love, family, food, writing, and health dominate, look at the fine print: there are blogs about anything and everything, from wildlife to makeup to religion to film. Finding a topic to blog about can be as simple as making a list of the things you’re most passionate about.

It’s time to stop making excuses and get down to it. You’ll be surprised how blogging will not only fulfill a resolution, but enrich your life!

Happy 1st Birthday .blog!

A big week in the history of Knock Knock WHOIS There: it’s our birthday! A year ago, .blog domains became available to anyone. With the help of our registrar partners, we’ve already registered over 130,000 .blogs — and more than 60% of them are used by bloggers as the primary domain for their blogs!

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Last year, we celebrated the launch of .blog with a memorable party at ICANN57 in Hyderbad, India. While the majority of the week was focused on business and policy, we cherish the relationships built and memories created on that eventful night. (If you missed out on the action, check out our recap and photos from the event.)

Since last year’s launch, we’ve helped more than 80,000 bloggers get set up with their own .blog domains. That includes dotbloggers like Tim Ferriss (tim.blog), author of The Four-Hour Work Week and host of the most popular podcast on iTunes, The Tim Ferriss Show; Om Malik (om.blog), one of the most influential voices on the internet; and professional photographers like Emily Polar (emilypolar.blog) and Kirsten Alana (kirstenalana.blog). It also includes organizational blogs from a range of corporations, non-profits, and governments, from fashion retailer simplybeusa.blog to California’s Department of Consumer Affairs (thedcapage.blog), to travel sites like triplog.blog.

A big part of the .blog vision is democratizing publishing on the web. Bloggers have completely changed the way we understand writing and consume information. Blogs give everyone the opportunity to share their stories and raise their voices.

As Matt Mullenweg, the CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and our parent company, has said, “It’s almost like if 500 years ago, everyone in the world had their own printing press. They could publish as much as they want. That is the opportunity we have today.”

The beauty of .blog is that it’s accessible to everyone, from corporations to professional authors to individual hobbyists and every writer in between. We’re grateful for each and every single .blog domain and all the partners and end users who built .blog into what it is today. Thank you for all the ways you share!

 

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