A .blog logo cut from a block of ice at the .blog launch party

Over the past couple of years the number and range of domain name extensions that you can choose from has grown exponentially. You can now choose from several hundred different domain name extensions (the bit on the right of the “.”) for your website or email address. But let’s face it, not all domain extensions are “obvious”. Some are very niche and probably don’t “speak” to you as well as others do. But if any domain extension captures people’s imagination then it is .blog.

We were one of the earliest adopters of .blog domains and switched our blog (the one you’re reading!) over to as soon as we could. We’d been looking forward to making the switch for a long time – since we first heard that the .blog domain would exist!

So why is .blog such a big deal?

Having a domain name specifically for blogs and bloggers is pretty cool, that’s why!

Come on – think about it. If you see a .com or a .ie you’ve no idea what kind of website or content you’re going to find. But if someone chooses to use a .blog domain name then it’s pretty clear that they’re going to use it for some kind of “blog”.

I’ve been blogging for years. When I first started out I didn’t do it for the business or because I thought people would even want to read what I was writing. I did it for myself. I wanted to practice writing on a regular basis and keeping an online “diary” or simply somewhere to “dump” my thoughts appealed to me. That was 13 years ago. And while the volume of content I push out will vary a lot it’s still something I enjoy doing. I don’t do it because I feel I have to. I do it because I enjoy it.

With .blog you know what you’re going to get. You’re probably not going to get some dry, corporate website. You’re probably going to get something that bit more fresh and genuine.

Matt Mullenweg, who is the guy behind WordPress and now the .blog domain, explains it very nicely in this promotional video:

Here at Blacknight we think the .blog domain could be a big success, which is one of the many reasons we chose to switch our own blog over to the new domain extension.

Personally I intend to register several .blog domain names as soon as it enters “general availability” on November 21st 2016.

Sure, some domain names will be “premium”, but there are plenty of excellent domain names that will be available at standard registration fees.

If you want to place a pre-order for your chosen .blog domain name and get in “ahead of the pack” you can do so now.

You can use your .blog domain name with any blogging service you like. You can easily redirect it to your Twitter account, your Facebook page, your Instagram, your YouTube or Vimeo. Anything you want really..

Of course if you want to setup your own blog using WordPress (we love WordPress!) then you can do that too using one of our hosting plans.

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