I purchased my first domain (yep, this very one) YEARS before I ever had the intention of starting a website.
I had been with my job for more than a year and my boss was googling candidates before we called to schedule interviews. Now, this may seem like a really obvious thing to some but it was a revelation to me. BOSSES GOOGLE YOU!
So, of course, my anxiety kicked into overdrive. My mind was racing. What had my boss seen on my Facebook or Instagram? Does my boss know what I look like in a bathing suit? How far back in my feed did they look? Do they know all of the awkward things I posted when I was 18 and people still started all of their statuses with is? Like “Heather Hillman is eating a sandwich.” (Yeah, turns out I was really boring at 18 so I probably didn’t need to worry so much about that one.) But what if they pulled up my Myspace? Or, god forbid, my Xanga!
BUT THEN, I thought about what would happen had my boss typed my name into Google and the top result for myname.com was outrageously NSFW content. Would the name association be enough to turn off future employers? Would I have to change my name just so people didn’t see it in the future and automatically think I was that pornstar?
OR, what if there was another Heather Hillman, maybe even in my city, who was basically exactly like me but SLIGHTLY better at just about everything. Like, they Double majored in Literature AND Philosophy. And they were a Manager instead of just a Supervisor at Starbucks. And they OWN their name as a domain so they probably have a lot more foresight and professionalism, etc. etc. etc.
Anyway, I went right back to my desk and was SOOOOO relieved when I found out that HeatherHillman.com was not taken. I bought it that day and set it on auto-renew. I figured I would gladly pay the ~$12/year to eliminate that whole WHAT IF from becoming a reality, even if I never used the site for anything else (though it sure is nice to actually use it!).
So, if you haven’t already, you NEED to go secure your own. There are a million places to buy it (hello Google). I bought my site through namecheap.com but transferred it to BlueHost when I decided to actually build my site. If you’re smarter than me you could skip straight to that step and build your own website from the get-go. BlueHost will even throw in the domain for free when you purchase your hosting package!
Do you already own your own name as a domain? Or have a story about the person that does? Tell me about them in the comments below!