Tomorrow, my registration for the domain itlikesyou.com expires. The question is: should I renew it?
Ilya was, had I but known, the first blog I ran. It started in 2001, scant months after the then-unknown Boing Boing, and had Alan, Martin, Damien and myself actually bothered posting much it could, perhaps, have been Boing Boing. Maybe we’d have needed whackier names, like ‘Cory’ or ‘Xeni’ or something. And being American might have helped, rather than, you know, in Leeds. The other difference was that, while Boing Boing is primarily about stuff found online, ItLikesYou was always intended to be primarily offline stuff. It wasn’t, but that was the intention.
However, six months in we’d still not got around to doing anything like a site design, and then finally the Geeklog back-end broke in some non-trivial way. By that time Movable Type was out of beta (!), and I’d started blogging personally at quernstone.com.
So while I do sometimes wonder if Ilya could have been a contender, in some warped and twisted parallel world, it’s also blatantly obvious that it was nothing more than ‘yet another dung-heap website that nobody read.’ Still, it’s at least partially preserved for the historians, in the Wayback machine. I’m intrigued that my writing was pithier and, most likely, better there than here.
Anyway, the question remains: should I retain the domain? Will I think of anything else to do with it? Hmm…