12/05/2016
Does this make me legitimate now?

Let's address the elephant in the room: yes, I finally have my own domain.

After almost twelve years of blogging - writing, writing - I finally have my own domain.

Yes, I know, I have railed many times before about what bloggers here have ended up doing. They get a domain, they filter up their photos, they talk about their day, and presto! As a guy who has a blog solely because he has to write (and, well, okay, get validation for writing things), I never thought I needed it.

But then they introduced the .blog domain, and I felt I just had to get it.

"It's always been your brand anyway," Anna told me a few months back, perhaps a year back, when I was toying with the idea of getting a domain. "At least it won't be as annoying." Or at least that's how I remember it. I can't find the actual conversation anymore.

I've been keeping an eye on that TLD for months now, and when they finally opened it for registration (at reasonable rates - early birds have to pay extra), I snapped it up. A few kinks later - I put it down to the overly simplistic UI of the official domain registry - I was through.

And here we are. After almost twelve years of writing here, I finally have my own domain.

It's just a thousand bucks a year, roughly. But it says something about me that it took me eight years of working a job before I felt confident enough to get my own domain. I mean, some of my friends who do blog - but not as often - have their own domains. It's that streak of vanity running through us, I guess, the same way we want validation for writing things. Validation I won't get for this thing because, let's be honest, this is just a housekeeping post while I think of other things to write about.

So, what happens next?

I don't know. I guess I have to look at this thing's layout and tweak it again. I'll be the first to admit this thing has not been getting as much love as it should, in part because earthings!, with its need to be constantly fed, is a fussy animal to deal with, and in part because my writing habits have changed. I write far too much now. My byline appears regularly somewhere again. And if I do write here, I have to think about it for a while. Again, arguably, that validation thing. I could keep this housekeeping post short but here I am, lengthening it needlessly. I can't stop myself. Anyway, about that layout - perhaps I'll look into it over the Christmas break.

What else? I don't know. I don't intend to turn this into a brand of some sort. Or anything, for that matter. People have asked me if I intend to get a domain for earthings! - my simple answer is "we'll see". It's a different set-up. It involves paying more than I'm willing to do. It didn't take me this long to get a domain otherwise.

I guess I can promise you that I won't be turning influencer any time soon. But I might seem like it, because the next few essays on my pipeline involve my recent travels. If they get written, that is.

But, you know, this feels good. Not momentously good, but good nonetheless. Suddenly, I feel I have the right to ask: does this make me legitimate now? And then I remember that I don't call myself a blogger for so many reasons.

And your responses...

Congrats Niko!!!! :) I have long been wondering why you dont have your own domain! You of all people! :)

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