Around once a week or so I get an email from a random address inquiring if I’d sell vec.com.
As of now I’ve had it for 22 years now. I’ve grown quite attached to it at this point.
Let me take a step back on the origin story of the name… It started back in 1985 or so when I started to get active in the Cleveland area BBS scene. I was on a Commodore 64 with a 1200bps modem. It opened up a whole new world. The handle I picked way back then was “Vector.” Eventually my friend John (a.k.a. “Stealth”) started up a BBS out of my bedroom — Ground Zero BBS (216-381-6550).
Let’s fast forward a bit to 1994 and the birth of the internet. What domain should I get myself? Well, vector.com was already taken and I’ve signed my posts “-Vec” or just “-V” for ages so I decided on “Vec.com.” (At the time Network Solutions wasn’t doling out one-letter domains)
So it went. It’s been like a good friend since then. It’s not for sale.
Almost everything has a price though… I like it. I like it more than the appraisal sites like it. They variously price it between $110,000 and $120,000. I like it more than that. I like it bunches. In concrete terms I’ve turned down $25,000 in 1999 when I was a lot poorer.
And while it might have a value, I like it. I have it and it only costs me a few bucks a year to maintain it. It has a value, but I don’t see it that way really. It’s like having your dad’s car or something. It might be worth a crapload, but if all you do is drive it once in a while and smile, you’re not out the lump sum. It’s an asset that doesn’t cost much to maintain and brings some fun and pleasure at times.
So, the long and short of it is that it’s not for sale. Of course if you’re offering a billion dollars I’ll sell it. If you’re offering a few thousand I’m not. You can go out of your way to try to convince me to sell, but be advised that I’m rather attached to my vec.com.
TL;DR: No, I’m not looking to sell vec.com.