On August 15th, 2004 I launched a website called The Rebel Domain. Originally, it was a personal website that covered various things I was interested in at the time such as metal music, horror films, and video games. I was also quite fascinated with the Columbine High School massacre, mostly because at that time a school shooting carried out by teenagers was unheard of. The site served as an archive of information and media related to that event. One of the most popular sections was the messageboard/forum which had a free speech policy allowing people to hold and express whatever opinions they wanted, including controversial ones about Columbine, such as empathizing with the killers themselves.
This openness toward fringe and often unorthodox points of view came to be the sites defining feature and as time went on I had a vision to expand things into a full-fledged social network where folks of alternative worldviews could converse, and have their beliefs challenged, or strengthened, in constructive conversations.
I never did get to realize that vision. Unfortunately, one of the members of the sites community made some threatening posts that got reported to the police. Soon after I had 2 FBI agents visit my home and very passive aggressively suggest that I shut down the site. I ended up agreeing with them, mainly because the site had become too focused on Columbine 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 the site never came back. But 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 refused to settle for less. As such, the domain has just sat here parked. Perhaps the most eventful progress I 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.