Porn is My Middle Name

This blog went missing for a couple of days.

Actually, it wasn’t missing… only the domain name was.

Some of you Nancy Drew-types (and those like Nancy’s boyish friend George, of course) were able to find your way home.

But I know others sat scratching their heads, wondering why I would suddenly post lists of links to urine-kink and bestiality sites. (I know I spit out my tea on Tuesday morning!)

Through a series of haps and mishaps, my domain name ended up in the sticky virtual hands of a guy in Serbia. A series of emails and $40 US dollars later, and I’m back to being Geek Porn Girl.

Ironically, I’ve been contemplating a name change for a couple of months now. The “porn” in GPG started out as a joke. I wrote a story called “Heavy Breathing,” with lots of geeky features and no sex… it held only the promise of solving higher math problems and crunching Wintergreen Lifesavers in the dark. I wisecracked that these things alone could be porn for geeky girls like me, the kind who fog up their glasses drinking tea on lesbian first dates. I threatened to write a whole series of these stories, and eventually this site was born.

I never thought having “porn” in my name would be a big deal, I just thought it was funny (and secretly sort of sex-positive). But some people can’t access the site on their work computers, some spam filters screen out my feeds, and another blogger wrote to say he’d only a post a comment from me on his site without my URL because his co-workers might be scandalized.

(I’ve guess always wanted to be a little scandalous… so that alone might be enough to make me keep the name.)

The biggest lesson: I’ve found out that having “porn” in your name is enough to make you a popular target for shady guys in small central European countries who run adult video networks.

So I made lists of possible domain names. I weighed the pros and cons of changing it. Finally I decided I’d try to fight for the right to my own familiar name. (This is starting to sound like a Movie of the Week, isn’t it?)

GoDaddy! became my Underdog. I’ve never experienced customer service like they provide. I made at least five phone calls to customer service, tracking down my domain name, figuring out how to pay for it safely, getting it re-set up and pointed towards home, and I don’t think I was on hold for five minutes total. I’m telling you, they were that good. They were also kind, helpful, and humorous, without the flat quality of most customer service androids.

I can’t promise I’ll never change the name. It still may happen as this site grows and morphs. But I will say, I am darn happy to have my name back. Apparently, I’m more sentimental about porn than I ever knew.

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One response to “Porn is My Middle Name

  1. glad you’re still around 🙂

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