Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Publishes.us


I own and maintain a small blog called Publishes.us (with the same domain name). I have owned the blog since late 2005, although I just recently regged the .us domain name. (It was formerly called "The Writer's Blog" with a very convoluted blogspot url--as a domainer, I wanted an "easy" address.)

Mostly, I publish the works of my literature students; occasionally I'll post some other work as well. It's really more of a public service kind of deal, to encourage my students to put some thought into their work. Also, I like offering a publishing opportunity for my students and maybe even encourage some of them to develop their talents. I enjoy doing this, although posting is sporadic, usually a flurry at the end of a semester.

The blog gets a few hits, mostly from the students whose work that appears in the blog. That's okay with me; it was never intended to take the world by storm.

Yesterday, I told my class to check out the blog, just to get a sense how my former students reacted to "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," by T.S. Eliot (yeah, yeah, your old college English teachers are still assigning this puzzling poem).

I said, "The url is PublishesUs.com." It just rolled right off my tongue. I corrected myself, but I was surprised at how easily the dot-com version popped into my head. I'm sure I confused some of my students.

Today, I decided to see if PublishesUs.com was available. It was, so I regged it and redirected the domain to the blog. While I was at it, I regged PublishedUs.com (also redirected).

These are not big deal domains, but for my purposes, they are necessary, for dot-com still seems to rule--at least it did the other day.

So now whenever I trip over my own tongue, PublishesUs.com will take my students to the right place.

Ms Domainer

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