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How I came to own the glengarrynews.ca domain (and why I have it for sale now)
Contact me now for purchase enquiries
I expect that most who read this article will know that, for 14 years, I served as local sports editor (journalist and photographer) for the community newspaper, ending in 2019 when the company eliminated my job and proceeded to negotiate with the union the end of my employment whilst I was on medical leave. But this story isn’t about that; it’s about how I came to own the domain name glengarrynews.ca and why I have now put it up for sale/auction.
Not long after joining the newspaper in 2005, it became apparent that the company needed tech support. At the time, they had a basic one-page website that essentially said, “Hey, we exist,” a DSL Internet connection shared by all staff, and a single email address.
The company was aware of my skill set in the tech area, and soon I was asked to provide advice on tech hardware and software purchases, as well as tech services, and to provide some support. In time, I took on redesigning the website and other tasks, but the company wanted to keep this work separate from my unionized sports editor job. So the solution was to retain my sideline consulting company for any tech-related tasks.
When it came to registering and administering the newspaper’s domain name, that also became my company’s responsibility. We shifted from glengarrynews.on.ca to just the dot ca registration, expanded email accounts to the various departments, and launched what because the first in a series of website redesigns, along with other Internet-based tools.
Over the years that followed my company continued to provide this support, including administering the domain name.
Upon my departure from the newspaper, through my company, I retained ownership of the glengarrynews.ca domain name. In 2020, when the newspaper hadn’t renewed payment to me for use of the domain, their access briefly expired, cutting off their email and website from the general public. Shortly thereafter, the company approached me to renew their use of the domain name. Again in 2021 and 2022, the newspaper and my company came to an agreement for their continued use of the domain name, under my management.
That brings us to the now. The newspaper’s use of the domain name expired last week, so I can’t tell you what they are doing for a website or email at this point as I have not heard from them.
What I can say, is that I want to close the book on my relationship with the newspaper and have put the domain name glengarrynews.ca up for sale/auction.
Here’s what the sale notice looks like on GoDaddy (though you can access the sale/auction via your preferred domain retailer).
An international service that provides valuations for domain names estimates the value of glengarrynews.ca at $7443 USD, and I am open to offers.
If you are interested in purchasing the domain name from me, presumably to then negotiate with the newspaper on providing domain management services, website design, etc., please reach out to me. As mentioned above, I would like to close the book on my relationship with the company, so I do look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.