After I graduated from school, I got a new account with an ISP in Minneapolis, where I moved that fall. For a while I still used one of my Wellesley addresses, but eventually it just got easier to keep everything in one place, and that became my primary address for the next 12 years.
It was easier to keep it than change it, even after we moved back to New England and we had to pay their overpriced shell account charge. But now they’re not going to offer shell accounts any longer, and so… change. It’s been surprisingly less painful than I expected it to be. I have a final group of people to email about it, but then I should be done.
My main concern is that I’m going to discover an account to which I don’t usually log in (and thus don’t recall the password) which still directs to that account. I fear it’s pretty much inevitable that it’s going to happen, no matter how much I wrack my brains to think of places where I’ve registered.
This time I’ve bought the domain for the address, so even if we have to change ISPs in the future, the address itself should remain live.