A friend of mine registered a website late last year and, after describing to me how easy and cheap it was to do these days, I decided to do the same. It was an impulse decision typical of the way I do things sometimes and I wasn’t really thinking ahead. So I had to make the first choice, what domain name to go for?
Choice one – my name. Unfortunately some Australian has already taken ‘johnconners.com’, even though there isn’t (currently) an actual site there. He’s just taken the name so nobody else can use it – the git. So that was out. My problem was that I hadn’t thought through what I wanted to put on the site, so I just decided on something relating to my name. After a bit of consideration I went with ‘jbconners.com’ (as you know).
I didn’t put anything on it for a few months (other than a picture of my v-shaped back) and I pretty much forgot about it.
Some time later I started to discover weblogs out there and I found them quite interesting. Lots of people from all over the world writing about their lives, their thoughts and their views. After some thought I decided to start one of my own and began by writing about where I lived and took it from there. It’s fun and I feel my writing has improved (believe it or not I’ve been using this as an opportunity to work on my narrative skills – still a long way to go). But I’m still stuck with the name ‘jbconners.com’, which isn’t really very catchy to say the least. I’ve toyed with the idea of registering a new domain name, moving my content over there and mapping the current name to the new one.
But I’ve decided that it doesn’t really matter what the domain name is. What I need is a better site name. I still like the tag line ‘The adventures of a Scottish software developer living in Yorkshire’ so I’m not going to change that. But a site name that goes with it… Oh, and it can’t be ‘John’s Adventures’ (which I considered) as that wouldn’t make sense with the tag line, i.e.. ‘John’s Adventures – The adventures of a Scottish software developer living in Yorkshire’.
Any ideas? Post comments below if you’ve got any sensible suggestions (and any stupid ones would be cool too). I warn you that my current favourite is ‘John Knows Best’. The winner gets the choice of either a genuine Scottish pound note (surely a collectors item), a signed A4-sized photo of yours truly, or nothing at all (which would no doubt be most people’s choice).