the last 15 years I have never had to tell anyone that I've changed my
email address. Every personal email address I've given out in that period still
lands in my current inbox.
That's not to say that I have't changed
email providers. I have several times. I have just always used
email addresses whose destination I can control.
Three of the
addresses I have used are actually controlled by someone other than me.
My continued use depends on their willingness to continue to provide
what I want.
Realizing that I was at their mercy, I decided to get an address that I alone control.
have an email address that you control, you first have to buy your own
domain name. I use GoDaddy.com. There are others, perhaps cheaper.
The $10.00 per YEAR I pay seems a small price to pay for the control I get.
lets me forward some number (like 100) of email address in my domain to
other address. I currently forward the name jim for this domain to my
I also have my gmail account set to say that mail that is sent from there is from this domain.
Currently, gmail has the unfortunate feature of adding a line that says "On behalf of firstname.lastname@example.org".
To eliminate the on behalf of balony, you can open a google apps account.
It's way more complicated but it will give you all the features of gmail and look like it's coming out of your domain.
I will probably be switching to google apps soon.
But if something better comes along, I switch to that. Switching costs nothing because I don't have to change my address.
I just point it to a different provider and get my mail from there.