Here`s a question, would a subdomain count as a separate domain?
BTW — Nikole, congrats :)
It depends on how you want to brand it. If you want to use me as an example, I actually decided to brand my blog separate from my company site ... although, in more recent times, I am including more stuff from the company on the blog (if I ever get back to finishing the darn thing). The reason for the separate domain, not a subdomain, is branding ... each one has its own name, look, feel, etc.
And, thanks! Last I checked, 71 days to go ...