Last night, after coming home from a screening of Beyonce’s Roseland Ballroom ‘4’ concert DVD at Paris Theater (more on that later), I popped by a kiosk and picked up Ebony Magazine’s December/January holiday issue with Jennifer Hudson on the cover. While perusing their annual Power 100 list, I looked and spied….
Of course I was super excited to be featured in a national magazine, on a list including tastemakers like Jay-Z, President Barack Obama, Oprah, and Pharrell Williams. But as you and I know, though the site is called The Fashion Bomb, the url is Fashionbombdaily.com—not FashionBomb.com.
If they had, they would have seen this:
But on the other hand, I’m kicking myself years later that I had not pushed harder to purchase the blog’s URL when I first got started. To be honest, the young man who has been cybersquatting on that domain has owned it since I was a blogspot, and has offered to sell it to me for ridiculous amounts of money. His last quote was at $15,000, which is when I stopped asking–and hoped people would simply google the site to find what they needed. I’m sure the cybersquatting laws have changed since 2006. I own the trademark The Fashion Bomb, so should have some rights to the URL. Let’s just say owning the domain would make life easier–and perhaps wrangling it away from said cybersquatter will be one of my many projects for 2012.
New bloggers, here’s a quick lesson: buy your domain name (if you can), as soon as you can. If not, you may deal with lots of confusion in the future.
At any rate,THANK YOU to the team at Ebony for recognizing the site! I’m honored and flattered.