First of the losers


Someone I admire greatly, Aytyon Senna, famously said that second is the first of the losers.

When it comes to the auDA election last month, third place was the first of the losers…

Two directors were elected, Simon Johnson with 66 votes and Timothy Connell with 52 votes.

I was just 4 little votes behind, on 48 votes.

But a miss is as good as a mile, and therefore I am the first of the losers!


As with all elections, the results went to those who campaigned best.

I’m told that Simon is an exceptional campaigner, and I witnessed first hand how good Tim was at campaigning.

As for me, well I can roll out the excuses…

I did very little campaigning.  Unfortunately the lead up to the elections coincided with two rather major events in my business.

The timing was such that I was at the bank signing my life away the day after proxies closed!

To say it’s been a hectic few months would be an understatement, and that’s not taking into account anything to do with the election.

But yes, they’re all just excuses.

Simon and Tim did a great job and deserved to be elected.

Next year…

I honestly don’t know if I’ll have another go next year.

Gaining a seat on the auDA board was never about money, prestige or improving my CV.

It was about being involved in what I see as the most serious issue to ever face AU domain owners – direct registrations.

Assuming that direct registrations are done and dusted over the coming year, why would I want to take time away from my business and family?

We’ll see…  It all depends on what happens at auDA over the next 11 months or so.

For now it’s back to family and business.

Thanks again to everyone who voted for me.

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