What do you think about GoDaddy.com?
Me…well admittedly my opinion about GoDaddy has been built solely on their 14 rounds of approval needing, over-hyped, wardrobe malfuncting, buxom chicked Superbowl commercials. It’s not that I am a prude and find boobs offensive, I just never got past the seemingly shady publicity and questioning what the heck the boobs had to do with buying domain names. I buy domain names all the time – have I ever used GoDaddy? Nope. Would I ever use them? Titty commercials haven’t exactly inspired me to go the extra step to check out their services. What corporation wants to say that their approved domain name vendor is GoDaddy? In all honesty I haven’t had any reason to given them a real chance…and probably never would of…until….
Today I was on the 26 minute flight from West Palm Beach to Tampa. I do this same trip several times a month for business and always fly Southwest for the ease and flexibility. On these jaunts I have 26 minutes to read the airline’s Spirit Magazine, and today the brand new May issue was nestled in my seat pocket. Low and behold – in this General Interest Airline Magazine, there was a feature story called, “Sounding Boards – Blogs offer employees a forum to air their grievances.” by Chris Tucker. The article featured the usual companies – Google, Sun, Microsoft and Apple – and their attitudes/actions regarding employee blogs as well as the requisite Shel Israel references. But there was also an unexpected snippet about GoDaddy:
“GoDaddy’s founder and CEO, Bob Parsons, blogs about the company’s strengths, but he also chronicles its problems. Parsons has discussed ‘major decision’ errors made at GoDaddy on his blog; in another entry, he chronicled a ‘mini-disaster’ that struck the company when its servers went down. It’s a PR person’s nightmare, the kind of thing safely retired CEOs usually reserve for their memoirs.
“Every business has its problems. No exception to that,” Parsons explains. “Part of how we succeed isn’t just how we deal with the good times, but how we deal with the problems. This blog is a window into the company so that people can see how we run it, the challenges I face, and how we deal with them. For it to have any substance at all, you’ve got to be honest.”
Right there – in the 20 seconds that it took me to read these 2 paragraphs in a 3 page article in Spirit Magazine about blogging – my entire opinion of GoDaddy changed. Right or Wrong – THAT’S the power of a blog. You can see GoDaddy’s Bob Parsons blog here. Kinda makes you wonder what they would be like to work for too. Search their jobs here.