August 07, 2009
TSMI.org is history
11 years ago I had an idea to develop an internet portal (portals were hot back then - remember VerticalNet?) for the trade show industry. The site was called TSMI for Trade Show Marketing Institute and registered as an .org domain. It was ahead of its time, built on an alpha version of an ASP-based CMS using exerpts of content from more than 60 different sites (this was before licensing online content was common).
The reason for using an alpha product was, of course, cost. Unfortunately relying on unproven software from a tiny company meant a lot of bugs, constant updates and, in the end, no product at all. The developers went in a different direction and my beautiful ahead-of-its-time site was dead in the water by late 2002 - about the same time I started blogging about trade shows.
In the ensuing years I've given a lot of thought on how to use the domain for something else related to trade shows. But I never came up with anything.
In a week I'll be letting it go. No sorrows. In fact, I wouldn't have even thought about tsmi.org had Network Solutions not sent me a dozen reminders to renew.