I guess the answer to that question depends on what your name is.
I began thinking about the whole .com thing a couple of years ago.
There are other people named Kathy Cassidy. I know this because I occasionally get emails from pre-teen girls asking me for autographed pictures. I have yet to oblige them and send one, but I’m sure the author Cathy Cassidy is glad to do it. Since I wanted to be the one to control the digital footprint of my name, I decided to take the plunge and buy a domain name.
At that time, kathycassiy.com had been purchased by someone, so I bought kathycassidy.ca (.ca stands for Canada, not California) and just parked it, meaning to get around to doing something about it eventually. The problem was that I was not sure which of my online spaces I wanted the url to point to. I began thinking about it again this spring when my two years of payment were coming to an end, and I was getting renewal reminders.
By this time, kathycassidy.com was available again, so with the encouragement of Dean Shareski, I bought it for about $13.00/year from 10Dollar.ca. I decided it should be a portal to many of my online spaces. Some advice from Gail Lovely on Twitter led to my making the site on Yola, and then I used the 10Dollar site forwarding (which was free of charge).
So now I have a place to collect my digital identity with my own domain name. I’m not positive what I will do with it, other than point people to it who ask about what I do online. It’s a work in progress. I’m not totally happy with my site, but I’m learning as I go. Suggestions are always welcome.
That’s what’s in MY .com name. What’s in yours?