This domain is my first domain ever, so you have no idea how excited I was to get it. It was first hosted by PinchPenny. A friend recommended them to me, and I found their prices and customer support amazing (I actually passed up several better deals to stay with PP). However, that wasn't to last. After a few months of dwindling support and problems (most of which weren't their fault), I felt I needed a more stable host, since I couldn't risk losing all my files to a server failure, as some had. On May 10, 2004, I switched to HostAffection, but quickly switched back on May 12 when the server move went awry. After a few more months on PP, on August 20, 2004, I transferred to Total Choice Hosting. After being with them for over 7 years, I'm reasonably happy and don't have plans to move away.
Anyway, I registered the domain on Friday September 26, 2003. The site went live on Monday, September 29, after 7 years of jumping around various webhosts. Name any free (or previously free) host, and I've probably tried it. Geocities, Angelfire, mg2, Tripod, Prohosting, Spaceports, Nelie, Topcities, host.sk? All check. After 7 years of banner ads, deleted files (and accounts), splitting websites up between four hosts, and never having enough space, I had finally had enough.
The domain name is pretty self-explanatory: first name, last initial. I actually had the site logo (not the one above; the one on the splash v1.0) done before I registered anything. I would've liked to be alanv.com, except that domain is for sale at $250. I don't know about you, but I'm not going to pay that much for a domain name. Luckily, alanv.org was still available, and I grabbed it.