I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Domain conundrums

Over the years I’ve amassed a num­ber of domains for var­i­ous web­sites I’ve want­ed to cre­ate. A few of those are relat­ed to my for­mer free­lance busi­ness, and two relates to blogs. This week I got a noti­fi­ca­tion that 3 of them are up for renew­al in Jan­u­ary, it’s left me ques­tion­ing if should renew them all or if it’s time to let some go.

I have the domain for this blog, philbowell.com, which I will def­i­nite­ly renew. I have philbowell.blog, which I used briefly for this site, and I have philbowell.design, which is what I used for the last cou­ple of years of work­ing for myself.

Since I start­ed work­ing as part of an in-house UX team, I’ve been intend­ing to con­sol­i­date my port­fo­lio into my per­son­al site. One domain for both places. What I hadn’t thought of was how to han­dle the domains. A redi­rect seems to make the most sense, but the cost of renew­ing them is much high­er than I expect­ed it to be. Let­ting go of domain names is some­thing that I don’t like doing and I’m try­ing to work out the impact of doing that. It’s a tricky conundrum.


Today is Thanks­giv­ing in Amer­i­ca, and despite being a Brit I thought it would be good to try and post some­thing I’m thank­ful for this year. I start­ed to write this post at lunchtime, and strug­gled, I couldn’t zero in on some­thing. This evening after my coun­selling ses­sion I realised what it is I’m thank­ful for this year. I’m thank­ful for all the peo­ple who have helped my fam­i­ly nav­i­gate through the year. The mem­bers of their church, some old friends from pre­vi­ous church­es, some new friends, some new col­leagues who have become friends. Some peo­ple who were friends and I’ve dis­cov­ered are now very good friends. For all of them I am thank­ful, we couldn’t have done it with­out you.

Any­one know of a mouse that can be paired with both a Mac and an iPad? I’m in need of a new mouse, my wrist is begin­ning to suf­fer after years of using a Mag­ic Mouse and I want one that works with both my Mac for work and iPad for per­son­al stuff. I’ve my eye on the MX3 but I can’t tell if it can pair with both devices…

Look­ing to sim­pli­fy all my web­sites. Since I’m no longer free­lanc­ing and don’t need a port­fo­lio online at the moment, I’m think­ing to move away to some­thing lighter than Word­Press. Trou­ble is I don’t know what. I don’t want to main­tain every­thing oth­er than the design and want to reduce costs.

Start­ed play­ing around with Notion a bit today. I’ve heard so many peo­ple talk­ing about it I fig­ured it was time to give it a go. Not quite sure where it fits yet. Ini­tial­ly I’ve set up a Watch List using one of their exist­ing tem­plates and a Week­ly Review tem­plate to try and get in the habit of that.

I’m try­ing to find some exer­cise that I can do eas­i­ly and slow­ly build up in to a habit. It occurred to me last night I could prob­a­bly find some free Pilates videos on YouTube to try. A small searched revealed some begin­ner videos for men, so giv­en one of those a try this morning.

It’s now been a week since I ran out of cof­fee beans. More are on the way, but I miss the morn­ing rit­u­al of brew­ing myself a coffee.

Final­ly sort­ing my road bike out, cleaned and oiled up. Time to start using her as my dai­ly exer­cise time and chance to get out the flat.