Blogs & Domain Names
A brief history of Vaneeesa, blogs, and domain names:
- 18 April 2009 — VB-01, Girl Next Door performed
- 22 April 2009 — I created a blog on Blogger to document performances & related materials
- 23 July 2010 — Ze Moo convinced me to put my blog where my Free Culture mouth was and move to Open Source WordPress
- Date Unknown — vaneeesab.wordpress.com became irez.me (when, where, what were Vaneeesa.com & VanessaBlaylock.com??)
- Date Unknown — lots of new authors joined irez.me and wrote about Second Life and other Virtual Worlds
- 3 October 2012 — blog moved from WP.com to WPEngine
- Somewhere in the late 2010’s — my credit card for domain names lapsed
About that last one. When your credit card for Domain Name autorenewal lapses you lose your domain name. And it would seem that there are bots out there that crawl for such things. Or, who knows, maybe your own Domain Name Registrar just keeps it. Whatever it is exactly, when you lapse, somebody takes your name in hopes of charging you thousands of dollars to get it back.
Where are they now?
As you might have guessed, I won’t be spending thousands of dollars on squatted domain names anytime soon. The good news is that the original handful of TLDs (Top Level Domains) like .com, .org, .net, .me, and so on, plus the country codes, like .uk, .tw etc, have been joined by thousands of new domains like .ninja, .rocks, .sucks and many more. So there’s always a fresh vaneeesa.sucks or irez.sexy to be snatched up for less.
Actually, it turns out that “vaneeesa.sucks” is $330/year, and “irez.sexy” is $13,000/year. So, I won’t be getting those either. The URL of this blog, vaneeesa.xyz is $12/year, and irez.uk is $11/year – slightly more affordable for the avatar on a budget.
Interesting Question (IQ) I believe when it was released some years ago, the .sexy TLD was $40/year. When did it increase to $13,000!? And, if you had the old $40 one, would it stay at that rate? Or would you be given a price increase ultimatum? If they decide to raise the price of .xyz from $12/year to $1,000/year, do I have to move again?
- WPEngine has taken our content down (# of missing posts – unknown)
- 678 posts by me and the other iRez authors are still live at WP.com (22 April 2009 – 3 October 2012)
- I’m currently working with WPEngine to get out stuff back online
- I’ve got a new “irez.uk” domain name ready for all our hopefully reunited content
- Blogging is so fun!