I own derekleif.com as well as this (if you type "derekleif.com" in your address window, it’ll redirect you here), but I really like derekleif.org.
Contrary to popular belief about website evaluation, you can’t trust .org anymore than .com. If you type martinlutherking.org in your address box, you’ll get to a horrible site that tells “the truth” about Martin Luther King. It's actually a fake history site that belongs to the notorious white supremacist organization Stormfront; there are many more examples of this.
So basically, any clown (myself included) can buy a website address with a .org suffix.
Well, I still like it.
Think about the name choice that goes into setting up a website. It can be a company site (I'm wary of companies), a government site (I'm also wary of government) or a military site (I'm wary of them, too). I’ll take an organization every day.
Out of “military,” “government,” and “company,” the only one that can become a verb is government, which can become “govern.” I don’t want to govern. I would like decent people to govern, but it’s just not for me.
On the other hand, I just find the word “organize” uplifting and empowering. Whenever there’s some sort of something that is positive and grassroots-ish, organizing is the key, to getting it off the ground, particularly if the folks behind this something that they are trying to get off the ground don’t have a lot of money.
This doesn’t, but the way, have to be anything partisan. It may be something as simple as deciding that the local neighborhood needs a park. And when it comes to getting stuff like that done, I don’t think of corporations or military.
Granted, it’s often local government that ends up ultimately making stuff such a park happen, but it all happens because people organize. They make phone calls. They start Facebook groups. They go to town hall meetings.
And it’s great when this happens. A long while back, where I grew up, I attended a town meeting where some parents wanted some extra safety signs around the local school. I saw the signs there a little while later, and I felt just a little bit more faith in humanity than I had before.
In addition this this…boy, do I wish I were better organized. I don’t wish I were more corporate, and I don’t wish I were more militaristic, and I don’t wish I were more governmental. I do, however, wish I were more organized; then maybe I would have gotten this whole .org thing off the ground a lot earlier.
Anyway, it’s derekleif.org. Perhaps, in the future, I will work to organize my half dozen readers so that we can…well, I don’t know what we could do at the moment. I do, however, know that we have a far better chance of getting it done if we put aside our differences, organize, and work together.