Over the few years I’ve had this handle (on and off as my main blog), I have been, multiple times, asked me an interesting question - for me to change my tumblr url. A valid question. My tumblr url is awesome. In fifth grade I wanted my middle name to be “wonderland” so I really would be ‘alice in wonderland’ (aka allison wonderland). Well, twitterhandle was too long (DARN YOU TWITTER FOR MESSING UP MY NAME.) (I still don’t have a satisfactory twitterhandle), and blogspot was taken, but I had been told I needed a tumblr and lo and behold! allisonwonderland.tumblr.com was available. I still didn’t like the tumble concept, and I thought the design was somewhat clunky (I have since changed this into: I love the blog/reblog, I dislike the reading page).
But I figured tumblr might get big eventually, and I’d want one then and all the good usernames would be taken. So I checked. allisonwonderland.tumblr.com!! DONE. So I made one. And then ignored it for a long while. Finally a certain someone told me I needed to get on this. So I did. And then couldn’t get too into it. So I stopped.
Anyway, the point is that today [no longer today] an anon used my question function to state (ask?) “please change your url.” Just that, nothing more.
Huh? I like my URL. There is a reason I picked it. It is awesome. See my entire first paragraph. But I felt a little bad - I know well the feeling of wanting a taken webhandle! - so I cavalierly replied, “nope, i intentionally got this one early because i wanted this url. sorry!” (trufax.)
Anon responded quickly, “YOU NEVER EVEN GET ON TUMBLR WHY DO YOU NEED IT SO MUCH?”
Well! Ex-cuuuuuuse me for breathing! I don’t need it, Anon. I like it. You don’t *need* it either. You want it. At least, that is my thought process. I think, ‘You know, this Anon might have a legitimate reason for needing this. Maybe they’re making a movie. Maybe this relates to their career. Or maybe they just want it really badly.’
So I decided to make a magnanimous offer. I said, “I will sell it to you for $50. Other than that, I will be keeping it. Thanks!” Honestly, I don’t want to sell it for $50. Maybe $150. But regardless, I doubted that Anon would take me up on the offer to buy allisonwonderland.tumblr.com for $50.
This is an interesting discussion for many reasons. First, one of my professors was saying how when his son was born he bought [sonsname].com, saying that one day his son would be happy to have it.Second, web domains such as tumblr are usually free. Third - what is the value of a website?
It’s a longer post than I want to get into right now (I have this epic goal of going to sleep before midnight tonight), but it’s interesting food for thought.
Anyway, Anon, since you might be reading this, that’s my rationale. I intentionally acted early to secure a tumblr handle that I wanted, and feel that since I acted such that I am entitled to it*. Since I now “own” that handle, I am able to sell it if I so choose. This website has value to me, so I do not want to give it over for free**. I am someone who actively cares about how she is portrayed in the blogosphere, and like this URL enough to fight for it.
So basically, I’m sorry, and good luck finding a tumblr handle you like!
*Practical use for my philosophy of law class! There’s so much philosophical/ethical/moral debate in this sentence! I LOVE IT! Oh, entitlement, how you amuse and annoy me)
** http://www.tumblr.com/terms_of_service - Section 9. I skimmed, so if someone wants to correct me, go ahead.