We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Worse, he has no one to blame but himself. Double-worse, he knows he deserves extry blame because he's friends with the wise and fabled Dr. Mercury who's been harping about this friggin' subject for years.
As his friend, and knowing he deserves extry blame, I've naturally been doing my part by sending him little cheer-up notes, like "Are you still blaming yourself? I would," and "Have you forgiven yourself yet? Why should you?" I'm particularly fond of "Don't worry, everyone makes incredibly stupid mistakes in their lives. I'm sure there's plenty more where this one came from."
His name is something akin to "Stephen Gerald McKinley". Not uncommon names, but not particularly common, either. But uncommon enough that, put together, you'd figure there couldn't be all that many of them in the world, and what are the odds that they'd all want personal sites of one type or another?
Pretty good, as it turns out.
When he finally — finally! — got around to checking, there wasn't one single variation on his name available. That includes abbreviated spelling and using hyphens, and at one point he actually tried "stephengeraldmckinley2.com" — and even that was taken.
That's when he knew he had really screwed the pooch big time. Because domain names never return to the public trough. The domain harvesters figure — correctly — that if one person wanted it, then someone else will want it, so they're snatched up electronically the micro-instant they become available.
And, just as a small side note, with many of the domain harvesters, you don't buy the domain from them for the tidy sum of $4,999, you lease it from them for time eternal. It's not pretty.
So if you EVER think you might want a site, even years and years down the road so you can post pictures of yourself looking mournful and bedraggled so your children will take pity on you and treat you to a dinner consisting of something other than dog food, now's the time to grab it.
Conversely, it's a great way to help the grandparents do their Christmas shopping. First, post pictures of 2-year-old Timmy on your personal site. If possible, catch him when he's off-guard and not trying to set the cat on fire. Send the link to Grandma.
When the swooning Grandma asks on the phone what little Timmy wants for Christmas, tell her "Timmy said a large gift card from Best Buy would 'best' suit his tastes -- ha-ha. Quite the precocious child, isn't he? I think he gets it from you."
Of course, you could make tons of money from your domain, but who wants to discuss such a crass subject? Besides, those thousands of dollars a day don't just roll in by themselves. Sometimes the site owner has to spend a good ten or fifteen minutes doing site chores, which can really cut into one's golf and bowling time.
Personally, I suggest you start with actually getting the domain name — then we'll make you a millionaire.
It should be noted that you don't actually have to put up some kind of web or blog site to hold the domain. All we're talking about is reserving it. Cost is a whopping $6.95/mo.
The jump-off point is here. That'll give you some background on the hosting company I use, some tips on picking a domain name and a link to get started.
I am a (relatively) happy BlueHost client... but
the "Cost is a whopping $6.95/mo" is a bit misleading. The $6.95 is for a Hosting account at BlueHost that includes 'unlimited' and a single domain name.
Domain name prices range from $5.00/yr in bulk to $35.00/yr from some registrars.
BlueHost is charging $10.00 per year for additional domains, but can't register certain domains like .CA
Like nearly everyone else it seems, I started with a GoDaddy account. Nearly everything about them except the price was annoying. Now I run all my stuff on BlueHost, and they’re even cheaper than GD for most of my domain renewals.
Unlimited email addresses is awesome. You can give everyone in the family a personal box for the price of one.
I'd add that their tech support is outstanding. I once transferred a domain from Network Solutions over to BlueHost, but NS screwed up somehow. The BlueHost guy said, "Hold on for a bit", then checked in a few minutes later, and a few after that. Then he came back on the line and said, "All fixed!" He'd actually called them for me. That was a first in my book.
+whatever on Blue Host. I too am a victim of the Merc's constant shilling of the benefits of unlimited. Shoot, I even succumbed to the good doc's easy guide to endless self blather on the internet. One of these days I might even get beyond three "This is a test" posts that I somehow forgot about putting up last year. Hey! If you want endless spam from comment spammers, leave your website open to comments... even those that require moderation. Die Spammer! Die! You love my "test post"???? Eat pickles you putz! /rant