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I’ve been buying domain names since 2003 when I first had an idea for a website. Over a decade later, I should know much more about creating websites than I do, having purchased nearly a hundred domains since and currently hosting over 20 sites. Most of the sites are in the very early stages of becoming nothing. Still, it’s a fun hobby for me.

The best domain names use the fewest number of characters, are easy to spell, and end in dot com. Which is why I paid money for and reserved

for a year. That was for my failed campaign to raise oodles of money to publish a book via Kickstarter one, two or three years ago. I forget when exactly. But the video…you have to watch the video. I poured heart & soul into that one and someday – someday – the book will be published and that video will finally be understood by everyone who was confused after watching it, including me.

So without further adios, I am pleased to announce that I have just purchased TWO of the shortest domain names I have ever owned.

These are two THREE CHARACTER domains. Neither ends in dot com and both are not easy to spell.

The first is one I can’t tell you but it ends in .io. It is my first .io domain. Dot IOs stand for “Indian Ocean,” and are being used by a number of startups you may have never heard of. See? I have an idea for this one that has to do with a pastime I enjoy. When it goes live, you will be the first to know.

The second domain name I bought this week is…hold your applause until the end…


That’s right. ROL dot PH.

The .PH is from the Phillipines. And now I own the shortest possible domain name that spells my last name. How cool is that?

All weekend I tried and failed many times to use as a domain shortener. Such a vain, twisted thing I want to do — to think enough people read this blog as to need a custom URL shortener?


I’m doing it because I think it’s incredibly cool. It also makes me feel somewhat like the homesteaders of the 19th century who claimed their piece of property in the middle of America. Now here I am, buying up Internet real estate that could someday prove just as valuable as the homesteader’s same tract of land, 150 years later, in somewhere like Montana (Ted Turner excepted).