Last week, the domain name I've owned since 2004 - www.cooltools4men.com - suddenly disapeared. I didn't know how this happened as I thought my registration of the URL lasted another year, and I haven't had any emails warning me that I need to renew. Anyway, it looked like someone else has grabbed the domain name.
A bit of detective work has revealed what happened: I've been the victim of a cybersquatter called Peter Croughs, who goes around grabbing domain names just as they come up for renewal, then tries to sell them back to the original owner at great expense.
Why did I loose the domain in the first place? Because the domain registration company didn't auto-renew or warn me at all that the renewal date was approaching (as they were supposed to)
Apparently I'm not the first person this has happened to:
Well, there is no way I'm going to be paying this slimeball a penny of my money to get my domain name back. So I've decided to buy www.CoolToolsForMen.com, which should be up and running early next week. The name is similar enough for me to carry on with as little disruption as possible. Plus I'm planning on one or two improvements. So at the end of the day things will end up better after this incident, not worse.
If you know anyone who might read my site, or if you are a member on any other men's fora where there might be men who read my site, please let them know the situation (perhaps by copying and pasting this notice).