Now That I Have It, What Do I Do With It?

In the spring, when I decided it really was time to figure out domain names, I thought that because my last name is just a little odd to spell I should probably get something to go with it. After much research and debate, I settled on renaissanceninja.com. That domain, this one, the ultimate front runner from a bunch of options and possibilities I worked out, was actually my second choice. I really liked it and I still do, but there was a domain higher on the list that I couldn’t have: writingdad.com.

Writing Dad has been my twitter handle for four years and I’ve attached it to a bunch of other things as well. More importantly, it’s how I think of myself: a dad who writes. But writingdad.com wasn’t available and it didn’t occur to me to check to see when/if it might be coming available soon, at least not until a few days before Fan Expo when I heard an interview with Nathan Lowell during which he told the story of how he finally got nathanlowell.com after someone had been sitting on it for a long time.

So I checked and there it was, available and unattended, waiting for me to snap it up, which I did and which gave me a new dilemma: now that I had it, what would I do with it?

Since I started this process, I’ve kind of been using renaissanceninja.com as the primary url, not because renaissance is any easier to spell but because no one ever remembers the ‘c’ in my last name. My plan was always to have lanceschonberg.com be the umbrella I’d gather everything else under, I just haven’t gotten there yet. That’s still the plan, but I’ve been thinking about all of the things I want to do creatively, and even more so since the John Rhys-Davies session at Fan Expo (see this post).

I think I’ve got it worked out now. My vision actually requires four domain names, three of which I already have and one more I need to make a final decision on. The basic structure:

lanceschonberg.com -> the master site where you can always find me and get to everything I happen to be doing.

writingdad.com -> the room in the house for all of the fiction and related news, audio, and posted stories, and whatever else seems to fit.

{stilldebating}.com -> for a podcast I’m prepping that will share geek experiences, audio captured from conventions, and potentially interviews. Still debating the actual domain because I’m still trying to figure out just exactly what goes into it.

renaissanceninja.com -> life and fun, rounding me out as a person. Pretty much anything can go here, and will.

So podcasting, both fiction and non, plus life, all under my name. The concept looks sound and familiar: diversification but all under one major brand. Seems almost natural.

Of course, I might be even crazier than my wife thinks I am, but we’ll see how it goes. At least I have a plan, and sometimes that’s a large portion of the battle. Deciding on web hosting almost as we speak.

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