The story of a domain name...
On 20th December 1999 I was considering registering my (then) name, beneden.com, the domain name. Back then of course, domain names were in the region of £180 per year. So I decided I should sleep on it. The next day I woke up and had decided I should indeed register it. One final check to make sure it was still there, and blast! Some person - I can't remember if he was Russian or Israeli - but his name certainly wasn't Ben Eden, had registered it that very night! He did nothing with the name for quite a while, and I emailed him enquiring why a) no use was being made of the name and b) why he registered it in the first place because his name wasn't even Ben Eden. I was intrigued what someone with seemingly no reason to register what I thought was my name would do with the site! No reply, but it was eventually developed as a photographer's website - presumably he changed his name to something better and more Western than whatever it was before. He is a London based photographer, even though his address seems to change regularly and was recently Hove. He's clearly very keen to remain the owner, as he has renewed it so that it expires in 8 years from now. A lot could happen in 8 years, but me getting that domain name isn't one of them! I did recently see a whole website chronicling his poor treatment of a newly wed couple who appointed him to be their wedding photographer. I read about how he ignored them after the event and wouldn't give them the photos. Or something. I'm not aware that his own website has even been updated in 5 years.
So, with my first choice of name gone, I registered ben-eden.com instead. I personally believe the hyphen breaks up the two names so that it actually makes more sense when you look at it - I've always thought throughout my life that beneden can be read as "ben-ED-en". I developed ben-eden.com as a website for my radio shows initially, then voice-overs, but I couldn't really warrant renewing it again and again with no financial gain, so I let it lapse. I managed to re-register it in July 2005 as a personal website filled with information and resources relating to my interests and hobbies, like the site you see today. It was well visited and I enjoy reading the feedback visitors send who have found the articles interesting or those who want to buy something. I especially like those who want to give me money. I changed my name for personal reasons in 2008 and this is the new website! No more ego! I get hardly any feedback emails now either, for some reason (maybe not doing as well in the search engines or something). Oh well.
Don't wait as long as I did, why not register your own website name now.
Updated - Thu, 9/02/17
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