I used to have a website in my name. I just seem to have lost it. The man who owns brendavanginkel.com is a guy who did a little bit of website maintenance for me a couple of years ago – I accidentally handed over the keys to the site to him, thinking he was taking care of stuff for me.
What's really funny is I've got a blog post on that site from about a year ago about two or three startups I knew having their sites highjacked by designers or developers and the founders at the time. The people who'd been working on them had stopped and each founders was unable to hand over their sites to someone else. You can't see the post though. As I write this, the site isn't anywhere, it's in the in-between bits of the interwebs because I can't unlock the domain to finish the transfer.
One of the tech entrepreneurs I work with thought I was being extorted when I asked him for advice. But this guy's not asking for money. He's not asking for anything. He just suddenly stopped answering my emails after giving me access to the nameservers. I prefer to think the best of people, so maybe he doesn't understand what I'm asking for. Someone else suggested I should talk to a lawyer but that feels sort of yucky to me. This guy is someone I knew and sat in meetings with. It feels over the top. I'm feeling stuck and will keep up my best feature, the art of persuasion – through endless emails.
Brenda van Ginkel
Every great brand that's making a difference to people or the planet deserves to stand out and be noticed. I write about creative direction and brand strategy for entrepreneurs and those supporting them, packaging concepts with messaging for growth and audience engagement in a crowded, noisy digital space.