I really like Gmail as an email provider, mainly because its spam settings seem to be so much 'smarter' than most other services. At the moment I've have a personal Gmail account (not a Google Apps for Business) and I have a domain.
In the past I would have just set up a Google Apps for Business account, but they've started charging for them (as of today - Techcrunch article).
Is there a way I can set up my normal Gmail account -
firstname.lastname@example.org to be
Sure, all you have to do is go to example.com and create an email address email@example.com and then have all email to that address forwarded to your Gmail. I have almost 100 different email addresses at example.com, all forwarded to my Gmail.
According to Google Operating System:
Apparently, there's a workaround that lets you use the free version of Google Apps for a single account. "If you create a new Apps account going through the App Engine Admin Console you'll still be able to create a Standard Apps account for free but you'll only be able to get 1 user per account rather than the 10 you get today," says Greg D'Alesandre, Senior Product Manager for Google App Engine.
Goto google.com/takeout with your Gmail account and tranfer your Google+ circles to your new account.