I know just enough about this computer/Internet stuff to be dangerous.
I mean, in a previous lifetime I actually WAS a computer geek, but those days are long past me now.
But I did figure out in the relatively early days of the Internet and e-mail that having an e-mail address that was tied to my ISP - e.g., aol in those bad old days, or sympatico now - meant that if I decided to change ISPs, I would have to tell the entire world that my e-mail address had changed.
So I got my own domain (jimkenzie.com, the best eight bucks I spend every year - thank you, GoDaady.com) and use firstname.lastname@example.org as my main e-mail address.
This effectively acts as an "alias" - I simply point it to my "real" email address. Then if I change ISPs or whatever, all I have to do is change the pointer, not the address.
Everyone keeps sending mail to email@example.com, I keep getting the messages.
Works a treat.
Except this past January, something went wrong with my domain registraiton, and firstname.lastname@example.org got temporarily suspended. I thought I had fixed it, but just this past week I discovered that it had gone south again.
The worst thing is, of course - I didn't know! You can't react to e-mails that you never receive.
I THINK it's fixed again, so if any of you have tried to contact me via that e-mail address in recent weeks, please try again.
I suspect any messages that were sent there during the time-out are lost in cyberspace for ever - my apologies...
Comments on this blog have been coming through OK though - keep 'em coming!