Quite a bit actually…
Back when I stuck my big toe in the immense blogger pond years ago, I ransacked the inner confines of my neural pathways in order to come up with a name for my first blog. And so Draekian.com was born. Never heard of it? No worries, it never really got off the ground in the way I had envisioned. It did however, get my feet wet with basic blog design, code, categories, determining my niche, etc. Then for the next year and a half, I halfheartedly worked on creating content about any and everything.
Afterward, I became dissatisfied when it dawned on me just how too unique of a domain name I had, add to the fact, most folks were having trouble pronouncing the name let alone the spelling. Another brainstorming session was hashed out and it was determined since this blog was about me figuring out to escape a rut, it would be about innovation ergo Drake Innovations. And how I loved that name. Apparently, someone else did as well seeing as how the dot com name had already been registered years ago. …sigh…
Not in the cards I guess.
Undeterred, I decided to purchase the dot co name. I reasoned I could make it work, I could make it stand out, besides the dot com names were running out anyway. Startups were going with the dot co. Where could I go wrong? Right?
After another two years of blogging under the moniker, I still was not where I wanted to be. I was unsure of my niche, the direction I wanted to be going in, and my blog gave me the impression of belonging to a cat lady off her meds; a far cry from the professional and dignified blog I was attempting to achieve. I had already streamlined my blog to acheive the latter, yet one haunting aspect remained. Website traffic was bleeding to the dot com version. After much trepidation, it was time to start anew.
I call this part: %&$#?@!
Third time’s a charm? I would just need to come up with another catchy name to stand apart from everyone else. I tried several variations of my name with innovations, different names entirely, but this time it needed to be a dot com. The dot com reigns supreme given all the research I had done into the dot com vs dot co debate. Furthermore, there was also the information I had read about naming your blog after yourself and the downside to doing so, however, a post by Melyssa Griffin allayed those fears. In the end, this blog was about me.
I would rebrand my blog. I would be me. When I first started, I was living in a shell of my former self probably close to being agoraphobic. I had lost my best friend in death years ago and the world I lived in at the time had ended when close friends had conveniently become absent despite their reassurances to the contrary. I was unsure of my place in the world or what life to create for myself. Sure I had hobbies I took interest in but was lost as to how to connect with others to glean from their knowledge and experience in the same field. Being super private, using an actual photo of myself for social media was completely off the books which is why in those early days of blogging, I hid behind a logo. I couldn’t even begin to think about putting myself out there for all the world to see and judge. Then one day I thought…FUCK IT. I’m not going to have this fear any longer. This is my blog, this is me. This is about creating the life and pursuing the hobbies the child in me dreamed of living. He is going to see the reality live up to the dream. It was the mindset I needed to reinvigorate myself and reminder of why I started.
I’ve come to far in my progress to be held back by anyone person’s single negative opinion of me. And I’ll be damned if I use that as an excuse to retreat into my former way of being. Not this time. Not ever.
This is Drake Alexander Knight.