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Update Your Links/RSS Please!

I’m movin’ on up, y’all! (“To a deeelux apartment in the skyyYYYyy…” If you don’t get that reference, see THIS VIDEO.) No, actually I’m not physically moving anywhere. Really, what happened, is that after FIVE LONG YEARS I’ve finally obtained the domain “melissajenna.com,” and I can finally use it as my primary URL! If I seem unnaturally excited, that’s because the process has been arduous, and I’m so so happy that it’s finally over.

A little backstory (because maybe you love a good story as much as I do): when I originally came on the YouTube scene back in 2007, my channel blew up pretty quickly (by 2007’s standards) and I quickly grew a dedicated and fantastic “fan”-base. 99% of the people who followed me back then were amazing, supportive, loving people. Some of them, though, would do strange things like send me inappropriate emails, go around spreading lies about me on the Internet, or buying my domain-name out from under me and building a fan-site as an homage. It was supposed to be a flattering gesture, but what it really was, was a ploy to become buddies with me, knowing that I’d want my domain name for my own personal use.

So I contacted the domain-squatter and after asking nicely, and then quite forcefully, several times, it was agreed that I could buy my domain name from this guy for the completely affordable price of $50. But, because I was still so bothered by the idea of basically being extorted into communicating with someone, I decided not to pay the guy $50, and just drop it entirely. I figured that eventually he’d grow sick of paying to domain-renewal fee, and eventually the registration would lapse, and then I’d pick it up for its normal selling price. Which is exactly how it played out. Huzzah! It’s a small victory, sure, but it certainly does feel good to know that I did not allow myself to be taken advantage of.

But unfortunately, anyone who has subscribed to “lifewithabean.com” will have to update their links/RSS to my new domain. It’s just like updating my cell phone number in your phone, except dorkier, and with a more dramatic explanation.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience! But perhaps you can celebrate with me the small joy of side-stepping extortion, and finally winning a five-year-long struggle.

xoxo, Melissa

(ps. this past weekend was me and my husband’s wedding anniversary! I think I’ll post a few of the photos tonight. 🙂 )

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2 Comments

  1. Anthony

     /  February 29, 2012

    That is freaking sad. Glad you finally made it through!

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  2. Brandon

     /  March 1, 2012

    If you still have access, you probably should put a note on the old RSS feed. I only noticed because I happened to “click-through” your last post on my Google Reader to make a comment. If I had no comment to make, I might not have noticed for a while (except for the fact that we are Facebook friends and I probably would have seen you Tweet a new blog post and have that imported there to my news feed)

    I am curious how it came out that he created the fan site just to get a chance to talk to you. Did he admit to it or was it just in some way obvious otherwise?

    Also, as someone who has followed your videos since the “old days”, I have found you to be a very nice to any sort of interactions that we have had in comments or what-have-you. Long story short, he probably could have legitimately become your friend if he had been less creepy. 😦

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