As you might have guessed if you visited within the last several days, my domain has slightly changed. Instead of as charliecopley.com or charleycopley.com, it’s now charlescopley.com. (Don’t worry, my old domains just forwards to the new.)

The money I put aside for renting…just went to purchasing this domain name. That’s an investment to me, spending just shy of $3,000 for this domain.

I paid a lot for this name change. I wanted the corresponding domain, too, not just based on my nickname with my surname, but with my formal name, to establish my “brand name”, my online identity (neither are endorsements). I couldn’t score my formal name for mainstream social media accounts without using additional characters, but I’m fine with that; linking from this blog is good enough as I paid for a decade’s lease, so I could keep the domain and not risk losing it, having someone else register it. (Both domains I have registered for the next decade, the maximum allowed).

The corresponding domain was deemed “premium”—I once tried financing this name before during a prior attempt at my name change, but after failing that, I discontinued the financing. I lost some access to accounts to emails tied to that domain name, but I proved my identity as a workaround.

And while WordPress.com provides free e-mail forwarding, I chose to host my own email instead, as free emails have their setbacks.

I have updated my blog title from Charlie|Blog to Charles|Blog to further reflect this change. I have nothing against being called “Charlie”, but to look more professional and mature socially and online, “Charles” looks better than “Charlie”. Again, I paid a lot in terms of fees, lost time, social adjustments for this, and I want everything about me to reflect that.

I am finally master of my own domain.

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