UPDATE: Thanks every body! I can take it from here. Thanks for all the kind emails and donations!
I hate junk mail. Hate it. I get loads of it. Years and years ago, I noticed that I was getting junk mail via my domain registrations. And so like many other people, I began using a fake address to register domains. In my case, I used 123 Fake Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.
It had never been an issue, until last night. But when I woke up today, big problem.
You see, I made a new Website last night called "Joe Wilson is your Pre-Existing Condition." Like Barack Obama is your New Bicycle (one of my many domains that's in trouble) it was an overnight sensation. But apparently, somebody looked up the registration information for it, recognized 123 Fake Street as being a, well, fake street, and reported it to my registrar.
This morning there were 23 emails sitting in my inbox from my registrar, Joker.com. Suddenly, they're wise to my shenanigans. So now, unless I want my domains locked down, I have to pay $25 a pop to submit an owner change of address form, and in addition I have to send a fax to Switzerland for each. I'm likely not going to clean all of them up--some, like utopianflan.com, I don't use anyway and I'll just let die on the vine. But just changing the records for the ones I do keep (see below) is still going to be more than I can really afford right now.
Yeah. It was a very, very dumb thing to do.
So here's the deal: I'm starting a fundraiser. For me. Maybe you enjoyed the Joe Wilson site. Or my Barack Obama site. Or, I don't know, my Twitter feed. If so, and if you feel like it, I'd be exceptionally appreciative if you could send a buck or two to firstname.lastname@example.org via PayPal. If you want to send me $25 to "sponsor" a domain of your choice (see the list below), I'll post your name on this page, plus send you a handwritten note of thanks.
I'm all set, thanks everyone! In particular, thanks to my domain sponsors below!
amidoingthisright.com - Sponsored by Kathrina Manalac & Daniel Dumas
barackobamaisyournewbicycle.com Sponsored by Chuck Lai
barackobamawilllookyouintheeye.com Sponsored by Patrice Hall
freebubbles.org - Sponsored by Analise Torrez
happybirthdayto.eu - Sponsored by Erik Malinowski (also, originally created for him)
isthisyoursingleservingsitetemplate.com - Sponsored by Myleen Hollero
joewilsonisyourpreexistingcondition.com - Sponsored by Jason Speck
shouldallsingleservingsitesbeinhelvetica.com - Sponsored by Rachel Swaby
shouldibeworriedaboutswineflu.com - Sponsored by Alexis Madrigal
thatbuttondoesntactuallydoanything.com - Sponsored by Caitlin Burke