I'm trying to register a wordpress blog name (susanfish.wordpress.com) and it says the name is reserved. What does this mean?
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When we register a username account the matching blog is reserved for our future use. It cannot be obtained by anyone other than the person who has registered the matching username.
That's kind of what I figured. I hoped it meant that it was a name I would have to pay for -- because I'm willing. Whoever reserved the name isn't using it, sadly.
There is no expiration date on blogs unused or otherwise. If you can make contact on your own with the owner of an unused blog then there is a means of a consenting blog owner to transfer the blog to another username account. http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#transferring-your-blog-to-another-user-or-account
If you are not successful, you can register another blog with a similar name. http://en.support.wordpress.com/register-a-blog/
Or you can register a domain via a domain mapping upgrade and it will not matter what the underlying .wordpress.com address is.
Oops! Posting the first two paragraphs above made no sense. I apologize for that. I intended to post only the last two paragraphs. Sorry.
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