Early in 2000 I had this website. It was the first domain I’d ever registered and I spent many hours playing with it. Having had no web building experience, the domain was sometimes my blog, sometimes an experimental project. I built it again and again. It was the laboratory through which I taught myself the few things I know about websites. I loved the domain name because I have a rather cluttered mind, full of the floating detritus of thoughts and ideas. As most college kids do, I fancied myself a tinkerer with grand thoughts and a grander future. The sheer variety of my interests were my proof that I had a vibrant mind meant for bigger things.
As it tends to do, time went by and sometime in the mid-2000’s I accidentally let the registration lapse when I became distracted by a new job and Grad School. By the time I realized my error, someone else had registered the site. I kicked myself, but life went on.
The domain appeared to be someone else’s blog for about a year, but soon he too let it lapse. Then it sat in one of those domain farms for many years with a premium price tag on it. When I saw that, I did what any sane person would do. I wrote off the domain as lost forever. I still loved the domain name, feeling it conveys the still-cluttered mind full of varied interests which I never seemed to outgrow. The only thing I did seem to outgrow was any grandiose notion of what having a messy mind meant about me as a person. It simply means I have a cluttered way in the same way I have a cluttered office and a cluttered living room.
I’ve built a couple other websites since I lost this domain. They are designed with particular projects or particular career goals in mind. None of them lend themselves to the type of blog which I used to keep. A blog of thoughts and observations, moments of excitement, which I made as an undergraduate student 15 years ago. A couple days ago I began toying with the idea of starting such a blog again. This time with the addition of creating updates on the variety of projects that, as an adult, I now have the resources to indulge. A blog with no other purpose than to amuse myself.
I began trying various domain names to register, but none of them really fit the kind of purpose I had in mind. None of them felt right. My thoughts turned to my old, early 2000’s blog on miscme.com. That felt right. On a whim I checked the registration availability again. To my sheer delight I found that it was available and was back to being the sane price of any normal website registration. I registered it immediately last night.
There was a sense of reclaiming a little bit of my youth when I set up the email address I had used as a kid barely out of my teens. Now the blog is up and here we are.
On this patch of digital earth from my past, here’s to the future.