Saturday, September 22, 2007

LadyDomainer.com -- Lady Domainer


When I snagged MsDomainer.com (the name redirects to this blog), I was absolutely ecstatic because the domain name fits the identity I wish to project as a domainer: a bit of a feminist in a field where feminism is sorely lacking.

Call me silly, but blondes and body paint are not exactly my style. Even my 37-year-old son is past that drooling after female flesh stage (as opposed to being in love with a special someone and wanting to be with her)--at least I hope so.

I am hoping that as this field and CEOs mature and more women enter it, the sexist connotations and the objectifying of women will disappear, at least on some of the corporate websites that depict women as playthings. It makes this field look bad and may drive away some very smart women who don't want to be associated with such nonsense.

I am a bit too old to be deterred by such things, because I know that this Juvenilia shall soon pass, but I do want to make it known that both men and women are put off by a corporate model that demeans women, especially young women.

But this doesn't mean that one cannot be playful and assume whimsical identities, which is exactly what I did when I registered LadyDomainer.com (also directed to this blog). I see Lady Domainer as being an 18th century "lady," very feminine and comely, an aspect of my real personality that I don't show too much, but definitely no one's object. She's a cool Lady Domainer, and...

She's not for sale.

I have another purpose in registering this domain: I'm considering setting up a forum for, well, lady domainers. It won't be in the near future--I have way too much on my plate right now, and, besides, it's a little like the blind leading the blind. I need to get my own knowledge up to speed. I know that you female domainers are out there; I have seen your posts in various places. If any of you are interested, please email me or add a comment to this thread.

I have also registered LadyDomains.com, LadyDomainers.com, LadysDomain.com, and LadysDomains.com, all pointing to this blog (I couldn't get LadyDomain.com, so if you own it, don't bother getting in touch with me; I don't want it that much. My "gold nugget" is LadyDomainer.com--the others are just gravy).

None of these domains are "hot" terms, at least in a generic sense, but a time will soon come when they will create their own reputation, at least that's my hope.

Surprisingly, however, LadyDomainer.com has already become a bit organic, displayed on Google's search engine as its own website, which is surprising for a redirect; it's difficult to know what Google deems worthy of being crawled.

On another topic: like most domainers, I believe in capitalism and making money for my efforts, but I also want to conduct myself in an ethical manner--not always easy in this field. It's so easy to be drawn to the dark side of domaining.

Last summer, as I was getting started in this biz, I made some decisions re: registering domains that were a bit TM iffy, some out of ignorance and some via rationalization. I plan to address this issue in a future post.

For now, my best to all who have read this far.

Ms Domainer

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