Hi all! Ready to win cool prizes and be forever esteemed?
I need help with finding a domain name. One of my local friends (far more talented than me in these matters) has volunteered to help me move this humble blog to WordPress. Not exactly a small undertaking, let me tell you, based on my research. I have two hosts in mind, LISHost and DreamHost. Anyone wanting to comment on either of these hosts should feel free. I already take Walt Crawford’s recommendation very seriously [he's made it more than once]. One possible reason to consider DreamHost is that my friend uses it and thus has experience with it.
Either way, I need a domain name. I have already checked bookmark, brokenthoughts, metadater (only as a joke, which most won’t get), and marklindner in both .net and .com. Of those, only marklindner.net is available. marklindner.com is currently parked. thoughtsarebroken is available in both .net and .com. But do I really want that for perpetuity, or at least for a long time? I’m not convinced that I do.
So what is it going to be? I love witty word play. I really do, but I’m not sure that’s what I want for my primary domain name. I could always set-up subdomains if needed and then be as witty as I want.
So please, send any suggestions along in the comments or via email. I’m not ruling out wit; but I’d prefer something more "normal" for the primary domain name. I had so much trouble with an IM name….
Ooh. Ooh. Speaking of IM names, markthoughts is available in both .com and .net. Hmmm? I don’t know. Any other suggestions? That may be my best bet. Let me know what you think about any of these that are available or others. Would you intentionally visit any of these domains explicitly, even if you didn’t know in advance that it was me?
All thoughts on domain names or hosts will be greatly appreciated. Not sure what I’ll give as a prize for the best suggestion/most help, and it is a little late for the whole first-born thing, but feel free to contribute. Often even.
Update 16 Jul 06:
Thanks CW, Richard, Michael and Walt for the suggestions [see comments]. I had briefly thought about .info but hadn’t looked into it at all. Now I have, and marklindner.info is available. I, too, like Richard’s suggestion of Off the Mark, but more along the lines of Walt’s thinking.
Thanks for the info on DreamHost Michael. They are still on the table, but I’m leaning towards LISHost. I really cannot overempasize the value of Walt’s recommendation, nor that of the many others who use it whom I respect. I have sent a message to Blake asking a couple questions. Assuming I get the answers I need I will proceed quickly I believe.
In the meantime, feel free to toss out more suggestions. I can always use something for a subdomain, a blog title, or a website, or something else entirely once I have my own domain.