Filed under:Cool,It's My Life — posted by Anwyn on September 21, 2007 @ 8:54 am

Last year when I was setting up this blog, I had a few go-rounds in trying to buy (rent?) this domain. I played cat-and-mouse with the .net form a couple of times–waiting for the company that bought it to give it up after five days when it didn’t make them enough ad revenue to pay for the domain fee–and then saw that the .com was going to break loose after thinking it wouldn’t be available till this year. Then, because it was a Network Solutions domain, I just paid SnapNames their scalp money to get the .com for me before non-SnapNames/NS people could try for it. Done and done. Then NS ticked me off and I transferred the registration. Mwahaha.

I looked up the .net today. It’s owned by a company I never heard of but the contact email is at SnapNames. Now here’s the fun part–it’s covered in ads, of course, but most of them have to do with The Lord of the Rings. “Anwyn” is not a Tolkien name by nature–I decided it sounded like a name a girl in Rohan would have, that’s all (Eowyn, etc.). But I guess’s Anwyn pages sat high enough in the search engines long enough to make whatever system sets up the ad pages think that Tolkien was the most likely thing people would be looking for if they searched on Anwyn.

Which is a tiny little feather in my Fifteen Minutes cap. Kinda cool for a piece of Friday trivia.


  1. That’s funny.

    I wonder if the search value of “Anwyn” had already risen to the level of domain name parking a year ago when you started? I mean, why else was some company sitting on the .com version back then in the first place?

    Anyway, congratulations on becoming a trend-setter. I hope now that you’re all famous and stuff you’ll — at least once in a while — remember us little folks who knew you “when.”


    Comment by Allen — September 21, 2007 @ 11:21 am

  2. I think the .com was held by an individual–it’s just that it was *registered* with Network Solutions, which of course is a “partner company” to SnapNames, wherein if you will pay them $60 or something, they will give you first crack at the Network Solutions-registered name you want before releasing it into the wild.

    Comment by Anwyn — September 21, 2007 @ 11:51 am

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