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As we usher in the New Year, I'm welcoming something new in my life as well. I now have my own domain! I'm now the proud owner of this (dot) com - !

When I went back to blogging last month, the only thing that I had in mind was my Super Junior birthday celebration. Anticipating that day, and the photos that will come with it, I began working on a new blog. But the moment my fingers hit the QWERTY, the creative juices began oozing and the ideas just kept on flowing. The writing and constructing followed suit smoothly. I was back in my element.

The next thing I knew I was posting entries on almost a daily basis. I even began sharing my photos on the web. I've had privacy issues in the past, and the mere fact that I'm making my blog public was an accomplishment in itself.

Inspired and motivated by all the mommy blogs (my good friend Icar, primarily), photoblogs, blog memes, and online contests and giveaways, I thought it would be nice to have my own niche on the web. Not only could it be my creative outlet, but also a source of financial rewards. When my stat counter hit 2k before 2012 even began, I knew it was time to finally get a TLD.

My original plan was to get registered as rebelsweetheart(dot)com. You know how much I love that moniker. Unfortunately, that name has already been taken by someone else. I presume the owner is also a fan of The Wallflowers. The name went on auction a few days before the New Year, and I was on the verge of buying it. However, the domain registrar that owns it is a SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) supporter. And very vocal about their stand. Taking this into consideration, I opted to register a new domain at NameCheap instead.

Now here's the funny thing. I was still a bit hesitant about getting a name other than rebelsweetheart. All of a sudden, this tweet showed up on my timeline. It was like an epiphany - fate wanted me to be with NameCheap. And so yesterday, I ended the dillydallying and finally got therebelsweetheart(dot)com. And I got it for a cheaper price because the coupon worked for me. (Told you it was fate.)

And with that, I'm beaming with my pride as I've made my first accomplishment for the year. I think of it not just a gift for myself, but also a great investment, too. Looking forward to a great year ahead - and I'm even more excited to chronicle that here.

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