I have had kevinquan.com for many years now and it is a great domain to have (for me obviously). But that is actually a problem, it’s only great for me and not for anyone else in my family. Another problem with the kevinquan.com domain is that it’s hard to come up with a good email address to use – I used me@ for awhile but it’s kind of lame.
Over the last few years, I’ve been looking at the quan.* domains to see if I could get one. This would solve my email problems because I can just use kevin@quan.*, and everyone else in my family can use a similar theme. Of course quan.ca and quan.com/net/org were taken a long time ago (by squatters) and my last name is common enough that they’ll probably ask for a substantial amount of money to wrangle it from them. Also, because they are squatters, they are quite diligent in renewing their domains.
It was on the backburner for awhile, but I was bored last week and decided to look again. It turns out there are several quan.* domains available, such as: quan.dj, quan.fm, quan.pe (Peru), quan.sg (Singapore), quan.tw (Taiwan – not sure if I can register it), quan.jp (Need some connection to Japan), quan.mx (Mexico), and some other random countries. They vary in price (most are around $50/year) and are not that common which I suppose is why squatters never bought them.
$50 a year is a bit high, but I found quan.bz which was only $20 a year. I ended up registering that while I can, but I’m not sure if I’ll actually use it religiously. If I couldn’t get a .com/.net/.org/.ca, I figured I should get one where the two letters are unique or difficult to mispronounce. I don’t think ‘b’ satisfies that criteria. We’ll see if I can get a better one in the future.