So every few days, I get an email from somebody asking me what happened to the site which, in and of itself is quite interesting because since there was no site until just a day ago, that means, these people had to have gotten my email address from somewhere. Sure, I recognized a few names from prior correspondence but there has also been quite a few I haven’t recognized.
So what happened to the old site?
Something pretty stupid actually…
The domain expired.
Oh yeah… But it gets better… UnknownScreenwriter.com was one of about 6 domains I had registered on the very same day back in October 2005. All these domains were on AUTOMATIC RENEWAL from my PayPal account. So far so good.
So come October 2010, I wasn’t worried about the domain since I knew it was on automatic renewal… And, even if it had NOT been on automatic renewal, here’s the deal… Your registrar is supposed to give you a 30 day grace period to allow you to renew… Maybe with a late fee but you are supposed to get a grace period.
I just happened NOT to be home on the date of expiration… But when I got home, the emails already started coming in asking about the site. I did some checking to see that the domain was now “parked” — so I logged into my registration account and saw that ALL the domains had in fact been renewed EXCEPT for UnknownScreenwriter.com.
So further checking revealed that the domain had been swooped up by a domain broker. Huh? These are guys that buy and sell domains on speculation. What I did not know was how he managed to snag my domain instead of it getting renewed. All the other domains in that same account were renewed so why not UnknownScreenwriter.com?
I emailed the registrar to no avail… I’ve been using them for YEARS and have always gotten a timely response until now.
I also opened up correspondence between the domain broker and myself… They want $2900.00 for the domain and while I can easily pay to get it back…
Now don’t get me wrong… I accept much of the blame here and I even offered to give them a nice tidy profit for the domain to pay for all their trouble [sic] but they are sticking to their $2900.00 price.
So here I am… Back in the saddle with a new domain. Should be fun. I’ll try to make it fun anyway.