Do you have your own internet domain? Good! We’d like it if you can share with participants in the Ontario Extend project some wisdom from your experience.

Having a domain is not part of the program, but we do have some pre-paid accounts for ones from Reclaim Hosting for participants who work through their modules. I’ve written a bit of a What and Why Domains in our guide developed for the North Cohort institute we did a year ago.

But it would help to have people who have taken on the responsibly and challenge of managing a Domain of Their Own to perhaps explain their own what and why.

Are you game?

I thought it might help if I provided a few interview-like questions, but freely free to respond any way you wish, in a blog post from your own domain. If your blog is syndicated to the project please include a tag of whydomain in your post. These will show up on the site via

If you are not part of the project, please tweet a link to @ontarioextend with a hashtag.

And now, the questions…

Domain Interview

What is your domain name and what is the story, meaning behind your choice of that as a name?

What was your understanding, experience with domains before you got one? Where were you publishing online before having one of your own?

What was a compelling feature, reason, motivation for you to get and use a domain? When you started what did you think you would put there?

What kinds of sites have you set up one your domain since then? How are you using them? Please share URLs!

What helped you or would have helped you more when you started using your domain? What do you still struggle with?

What kind of future plans to you have for your domain?

What would you say to other educators about the value, reason why to have a domain of your own? What will it take them to get going with their own domain?

Blog away!

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