On August 15th, 2004 I launched a website called The Rebel Domain. Originally, it was focused on the Columbine High School massacre and served as an archive of information and media related to that event. One of the most popular sections was the messageboard/forum where people were allowed to hold and express whatever opinions they wanted about the shooting, including unpopular ones, such as empathizing with the shooters themselves.
This openness toward fringe and often controversial viewpoints came to be the sites defining feature and as time went on I had a vision to phase out the Columbine stuff and expand things into a full fledged community where folks of alternative worldviews could converse, meet like minded individuals, and have their beliefs challenged, or strengthened, in constructive debates.
I never really did get to realize that vision. Unfortunately, the shadow of the sites Columbine oriented past came back to bite it in the ass. The details are sketchy, even to this day, but from what I understand, a member of the sites community had made some threatening posts that got reported to the police. Soon after I had 2 FBI agents visit my home who very passive aggressively suggested that I shut down the site. I actually agreed with them, but for different reasons: The site was never really able to get away from its Columbine oriented past and I saw it as an opportunity to close shop, let time pass, and start things anew.
Well, it’s been a little over a decade since then and as I’m sure any of you who have been following along knows, the site never came back. That said, it has never been gone from mind. In fact, my plan has always been to bring the site back in a big way, true to my original vision. Needless to say, I’ve struggled to get things off the ground. The problem is that the idea I have in my head is very ambitious, and I’ve always refused to settle for less. As such, the domain has just sat here parked. Perhaps the most eventful progress I’ve made was pulling a Facebook and securing the shortened domain of “rebeldomain.com” over “therebeldomain.com” (I still own the former).
So, I’ve decided it’s time for a different approach. Instead of starting with an already built up, complex site, I’m starting with a bare bones skeleton that I’ll gradually make additions to over time. I feel it’s better to be back in some capacity than not at all. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll grow this thing into the crazy big idea I’ve been talking up all these years. Maybe from the ashes of that old site this little ember that has still been burning will spark back up into a flame.
Or…maybe it’ll just remain a simple blog where I can post shit I’m interested in and make fun of the world. Either way, I’m inviting all of you to come along on this journey and we can see where it leads.