You’ll probably say no. That’s fine if you do as you probably get this question Alot but can I have your url or do you have any other saved ones??

I am happy to enter you into the sweepstakes. Yes, there are some other people already entered, and no, I haven’t yet figured out exactly how it will work. The latest plan is that I will hold some kind of contest and the winner will be written into my will, to receive the ‘lies’ Tumblr domain upon the event of my death.

One idea I had was this: I’d like to think that after I’m gone the lies URL will continue to provide content similar to what it does now. That seems like a nice way to treat those who follow me. So my successor as operator of the domain should be someone who has demonstrated an ability to do that.

So:

For one week I will make a point of following everyone who has ever expressed an interest in being given the lies URL. During that time I will “like” and reblog posts by those people according to my usual idiosyncratic criteria. At the end of the week, I will consult the tic-tac-toe board of my favorite blogs on the “Following” page. If any of the contestants have made it into my top nine, I will reward whomever scores highest by leaving the lies URL to them in my will.

What do people think of that? Suggestions for improvement?

Oh: And on the other part of your question. I have one other Tumblr URL currently saved: an-indifferent-penguin. I figure I can always fall back on that if this ‘lies’ thing doesn’t pan out.

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/43574204885.

4 Responses to “You’ll probably say no. That’s fine if you do as you probably get this question Alot but can I have your url or do you have any other saved ones??”

  1. hossman Says:

    jbc: if you’re going to update your will anyway, I think you should bequeath lies.com to whichever existing lies.com author (who is still alive at the time) has the highest number of posts.

    (I know I haven’t posted anything in a few years, but i’m guessing I’d still be pretty high on the list … If i’m understanding the dashboard correctly, i have more posts then ymatt, J.A.Y.S.O.N., Craig, and all the other lies.com authors combined … yeah me!!)

  2. jbc Says:

    My first thought was that that sounded pretty reasonable. Note, though, that unlike the grabby-hands teenagers on Tumblr who covet lies.tumblr.com, there apparently are suitors for lies.com willing to pay actual money for it. I had someone pestering me for it for a while who at least pretended to be willing to pay $10,000 for it.

    That was a few years ago, and he might have been B.S.ing. But it’s likely that would give me pause at will-revising time, since I’d probably want to make sure anything actually worth something went to my immediate family survivors.

  3. hossman Says:

    > My first thought was that that sounded pretty reasonable

    Oh dear … that makes me seriously concerned about your mental well being.

    > I had someone pestering me for it for a while who at least pretended to be willing to pay $10,000 for it.

    In this era of domain squatting/parking, that would be a low ball bid for a 4 character domain name that’s actually a genuine english word…

    http://www.brandbucket.com/category/4-letter-domains/
    http://www.gotw.com/example-domain-name-prices-2012.htm

    if “line.com” is work $120K, “lies.com” could probably put a few grandkids through college some day.

    > I’d probably want to make sure anything actually worth something went to my immediate family survivors

    Of course, but bear in mind: Since we’ve never met in person, you can’t be certain I’m not your long lost twin brother!

  4. jbc Says:

    Haha, wow. Okay, I guess $10K wasn’t such a generous offer after all. Glad I was a stubborn little fucker and refused to deal.

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