Monday, May 9th, is the anniversary of MikeTheArtGuy.com, the URL. I have already renewed the domain so there will be no interruption of service or any nonsense like that. I did it way ahead of time (okay, a few days ago) because I knew I would be in zombie mode today (after staying up all night doing caricatures at the Keystone High After Prom).
This website used to go by MikeLeuszler.com, but one year, I missed the payment date and an Asian entruprenuer bought my domain and started putting up things on his MikeLeuszler.com website. Later on, it became an online auto mall. Some people who live locally, and that see me in my 12 year old Ford Contour ask why I don’t have a new, cool car, seeing as I sell them online.
Which, of course, I don’t. So, long story short, I had to get a new domain. I didn’t want to go with anything less than a dot com. No dot net, info, tv, ca, uk, etc. I wanted an easy to remember URL. I’m all about making it as simple as possible for my clients. The less mental work for them, the more they like it. Plus, I thought this was a good opportunity to put some keywords into my URL, making it easier to find and remember.
I don’t know why, but Leuszler seems to put the fear of God into some people when it comes to pronouncing it. And perish forbid you ask someone to spell it. That sz combo in the middle, on its own, causes grown men to wet their pants.
To be truthful, though, I’m not a big fan of my last name either, but I really didn’t want to change my name or get a psuedonym, since most of my online identities use Leuszler.
Eventually, one of my acquaintances and clients, Christian LaVeck, owner of ManforAllSesaons.com, suggested MikeTheArtGuy.com as my new dot com. It has my first name, it has art, and the word guy is a pretty friendly and easy to spell word. It gives a casual, approachable feel to the business. So after a short talk with Kathy (a whole other story), I decided to go with it.
And I have to admit, the response has been a lot better since I’ve changed over to MikeTheArtGuy.com. No more stammering, hesitation, or confusion on how to say it (as long as I capitalize all of the words). And, as I would always point out, the less confusion on a potential customer’s part, the better. Or, on my crankier days, “Keep it Simple, Stupid”.
So there you have it. Happy birthday to my domain. We now return you to your Mother’s Day festivities.