We like doing business with godaddy.com for domain names because they are cheap, efficient and easy to maintain. Their CEO, Bob Parsons, has started his own web log. Two of the things I have liked historically about his company — besides the low prices and the fact they clearly state that you own your own domain — is that he will personally respond to comments or suggestions and he isn’t afraid to say what he thinks.
An interesting thing, however, is that Bob is not afraid to say what he thinks. He has said out-sourcing isn’t for him, and he already has customers in India and his own son suggesting that he needs to take a broader approach. He also comments on the war in Iraq. One of the things that first drew me to his company (other than the odd name I could remember — and he explains it’s origins in a post) was his military service.
The discussion on his blog is interesting because some suggest he should separate his personal thoughts from the company business. That is funny because he clearly says at the outset that it is his personal thoughts, company or otherwise. It is written by him (he says he has an editor look at it, but he has more grammar errors than I do I think — so they obviously aren’t over-editing).
We recently went through a similiar issue with our tiny little site. I wanted to be able to post thoughts and ideas … but Franki wanted to post news for our front page. The two often conflicted — the orginal blog name was random thoughts, Franki changed it to random tidbits — we had different goals for one tool. We finally decided that the only proper way to treat the issue was to separate the two. We now have a news blog (that results in the item being on our front page for a day or two) and a blog blog where we can post more personal thoughts and ideas. I hope you enjoy the switch on our end, and I hope the people pushing for a similar change at Bob Parson’s Blog don’t succeed in making him think the whole exercise isn’t important. Bob, the exercise is important. I care what you think even if I sometimes disagree.