Learnt that the massive company 'Verisign' owns .com, and .net while the company 'Donuts' owns a ton of domains. Should probably avoid these.
.xyz looks promising however...
Plus with Microsoft (a notorious proponent of proprietary software) owning GitHub in its entirety, why should you develop on GitHub and not GitLab?
This really perplexes me.
"GitHub, which has ~50 million users, is closed source software that is more frequently used to produce open source software. GitLab is open core software that is more commonly used to write closed source software."
There is also Gitlab and Github pages for static sites.
If you want to setup your own blog or website, try https://neocities.org if you aren't comfortable renting a web server just yet.
The internet is inherently decentralized. Don't let a few companies take that away!
https://dfinity.org is an interesting project to take a look at for this.