|March 5th, 2022|
Don't build your stuff in someone else's sandbox. Get your own domain and point it to whatever service you choose to use. Your email address should be @yourdomain, where you have full control and no one can lock you out. Don't fall into the trap of digital sharecropping.There are complicated tradeoffs here and different choices will make sense for different people, but it's close to what I do personally. My writing and projects are hosted on my own domain  and my email is
On the other hand, I don't think this is something to do lightly.
Say you register
you.example and start going by
firstname.lastname@example.org. A few years later you decide this is
too much hassle, switch to using
email@example.com, and let
Someone else can register it, send email legitimately as
firstname.lastname@example.org, and Angular
gets compromised. If there is anywhere you forgot to remove your
former email from your profile, now you are open to being
This problem isn't unique to personal domains, but it's much more likely: the major email services don't make abandoned email addresses open to reregistration, to avoid exactly this issue.
If you're considering registering a domain to use as your online identity, make sure you're willing to take on the cost and hassle of keeping the domain registered indefinitely.
 I do cross-post to Facebook, LessWrong, and occasionally other places. I also rely on them to host discussions on my posts, though I attempt to archive those discussions back on my site.