I've been trying to get www.derekbrooks.com
since I was in college. It's belonged to a canadian by the name of... wait for it - Derek Brooks since like 2001. I remember e-mailing a few times trying to get him to give it to me... but obviously that didn't work out.
At first derekbrooks.com was basically a resume for my like-named friend, then it became a wedding info site for family - and then - he apparently let it die. Maybe he took his wife's surname, ha.
So randomly last night, I was seeing how I did in search engine results by searching for broox
, derek brooks
, etc. I found some new broox sites, like kite aerial photography at brooxes.com
and a sweet skateboard company at broox.it
. So I then hopped over to joker.com to see all the registered broox.* domains, then I checked derekbrooks.* and, wtf! Did I spell my name wrong? It's available???
I seriously checked the spelling on my name like 38 times - I swore that I typed it wrong, but nope. It was there, in all its glory.
I really have been trying to get this domain since 2001. So I checked the whois information to find out wtf was up and found the site had just expired. I then googled derekbrooks.com and it came up on tons of lists for "good domains to buy." I'm lucky a spam/ad site didn't grab it.
So, I quick called Wells Fargo Fraud Protection (for some annoying reason they block all of my transactions to Joker) to tell them to open my card up for a European transaction and snatched up www.derekbrooks.com
So... I don't really know what to do with it yet. Currently it's just aliasing www.broox.com
... but dammit, I finally own my name dot com!