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I lost my dot.com

It was inevitable. I had sat on my hands for the renewal of my domain and it lapsed. Then one of the domain farms snatched it up so they could charge me hundreds of dollars to get it back. So now I amin a quandary. Do I fight for my name or do I find another extension that works but not as well? 

I work in digital marketing, so I know the importance of a .com extension. It is the toppermost level you can get but is it important. Is there a difference between .com and .blog? Will someone come along and trump me in the future by claiming it when I become renowned and famous, a complete break from the events of the last ten years. 

I am annoyed with myself, because this is my name that I have used for a decade. I have changed it and changed it back again. It is my Twitter handle, I use it on Xbox, even my children know it. But now I have lost the digital superiority of it. 

Instead I will need to settle for something lesser.  

I am left with a wordpress.com and blogspot artifact in my address, but I need something that makes me feel like my place on the web is more permanent. I had it, and I wasted it. I feel into the familiar use it or lose it scenario.  

For reasons that may become clearer as the days pass, I was about to restart writing. This feels like a sign that I should close the book on this chapter of my creative life and find another outlet to take my mind from the world of charts and figures. 

I tried the fresh starts, I can see the history of my old domains, and none of them seemed to stick. I started as GeekErgoSum and this still is what I want to be known as. Other denominations have come and gone (RIP chilledparent.com, parentergosum.com and the rest) but this one stayed the course. 

It is me. 

Which is why I am going to be geekergsum.me  

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Open bracket close bracket

I have an interesting relationship with Mrs G because of my interesting relationship with the English language. I love both but sometimes have a strange way of showing it. In terms of my affection for my native language I show this by my liberal use of punctuation.
If there is the slightest opportunity to throw in a non-alphanumeric character, I will take it. Comma, question mark? I will use it even if it is the exclamation mark!

Still, I have my favourites, and most of my writing (whether personal or professional) will include them… and I have used them all in this one sentence.

The first I use, or abuse, is the comma. This post is unusual in that the opening sentence doesn’t use this device. Normally the first line is split in two by one and they will litter the rest of my prose. I use them for pauses, for side thoughts, and as this sentence will show also in the Oxford style.

When I feel I’ve gone on a bit too far with the comma, I’ll rely on my trusted brackets. I should use these sparingly (some style guides tell me on many occasions) but I love throwing in asides. Having the brackets gives me the freedom to write as I think, and even in they are not entirely necessary (they are) my use of the opening and closed brackets reflects how my brain works.

My final punctuation quirk is the use of the ellipsis. I don’t follow the style guides here either as my usage is not to illustrate omission but to trail off my thoughts… just like this post…