For a while i’ve been wanting to get a personal domain for sending emails from and maybe to put on business cards and the like. I spent a few days letting some ideas for the domain tumble around in the back of my mind. When it came time to pull the trigger on actually buying and setting up a domain i discovered that some 4-letter .com variations of things important to me were left, so i picked the best one (here) and picked it up. I used the tools at Domain Name Soup.

My email address, and most of my social media presence online, uses the drew870mitchell username. I’m happy with that but i think there is some small benefit from using something more memorable, or just different, for formal things like job applications. To be clear, i think a lot of the online advice about resumes and how to market yourself is hooey, but there is some debate over whether an @gmail email address looks “legitimate” enough to recruiters. And my typical username has the area code identification right in the middle of it1. These are both two sides of the same overall thing - people out there are either subconsciously (kind of bad) or consciously (very bad!) influenced by little tells like what email address you have chosen. Knowing that that is going to happen sometimes, i like that i can kind of prepare myself for it.

If you want to read more about the same ballpark of topic (but not about email usernames), there’s some literature out there about the impact that racially-identified names have on hiring departments such as this. That’s a pretty widely known effect. There’s also some interesting late research about other cues. Fictitious applicants with WASPier names and the kind of hobbies you’d have when you are rich (such as sailing) enjoyed an advantage in getting interviews at prestigious law firms. My only hobby is trying to find two nickels to rub together, so i’ll do what i can (like setting up a custom email domain).

  1. I’m still very proud of being from south Arkansas. There’s beauty and good things to be found everywhere, but home is home.