I've always thought it would be pretty neat to have my own domain name and control my own website and email addresses. While it is cheap enough for anyone to do so my attempts in the past have been short lived. I never really liked the domain names I had chosen, and the ones I had wanted were always already taken. Until yesterday.
With how easy it is to have a blog and not have to rent and maintain the server, I finally decided to bite the bullet and have a web presence beyond my work on Ubuntu/Mythbuntu. I had previously looked into purchasing mashos.com (my last name) and every time found it was already owned by someone else (presumably so they could do some sort of 'Mash OS'). This time was no different except that I decided to do something about it. I contacted the previous owner of this domain to see if they would be willing to give it up. Luckily for me he was (he even looked me up on Launchpad as we both have accounts there). This nice chap gave me the domain for free and it was all transfered over in a matter of hours.
I'm currently in the process of setting everything up. In the next couple of days I'll be migrating over what I can to my new Google Apps account and be using my new email address for everything. I'll add this blog to Planet Ubuntu as well (I've been a member since March 2009). It will be a pain for a bit, but should be the last time I ever have to change any of this.