In the early 1900’s there was a professional baseball pitcher named Earl Moore, nicknamed “crossfire” for his sidearm throwing style, who had a 14-year Major League Baseball career. He pitched the American League’s first no-hitter in 1901 only to lose the game in the tenth inning. He pitched 1108 strikeouts over the course of his career.
You might wonder what this has to do with this post. Bear with me…
I first started blogging about 7 years ago, initially using Blogger for a small personal blog which quickly withered and died on the vine – as it should have.
In January 2006 I decided to give blogging a proper restart using my own Internet domain name and WordPress software. The first domain name I was interesting in was of course “earlmoore.com” but I discovered that name wasn’t available. “Earlmoore.com” wasn’t developed but when I inquired via email the story was it had been purchased some time ago by a distant relative of the baseball pitcher “Earl Moore” to develop as an online tribute to the sports figure. So I pretty much gave up on “earlmoore.com” and went with the domain “meanderingpassage.com,” which you’re reading today.
However, at that time, six years ago, I did purchase the domain “earlmoore.net” thinking of course I might later use it for the vast Internet communications/photography empire I was sure to establish.
This turned out to be an astute move for totally different reasons — the empire hasn’t happened yet.
Late last year I received an email from a domain registrar saying the domain “earlmoore.com” was becoming available and since I already owned the name “earlmoore.net” would I want the “.com” domain as well. I still did want it and so after six years I finally got my named “.com” domain. But now what to do with it since I’ve got six years of history with “meanderingpassage.com”
Enter “Life at 3:1” and a return back to Blogger.
For photo posts to Meandering Passage I create an unique image at a 3:1 aspect ratio for use in the home page slider. Once these 3:1 images roll off the home page they’re never seen again, which I’ve always felt is a shame because sometimes I like this aspect as much or more as the original images. This aspect has a certain appeal to me…almost like peeking out an oddly shaped window and seeing a small snapshot of life.
So I’ve created a new Blogger site, domain “earlmoore.com” named “Life at 3:1,” which features only these slider images. Clicking on an image at “Life at 3:1″ brings the viewer back to the original “Meandering Passage” post associated to that image. I was certainly concerned about the over-head of maintaining another blog, but updating this site is painless. After each Meandering Passage post it takes less than 4 minutes to paste two links and post to “Life at 3:1.”
I’ve also added a new link in the main menu on “Meandering Passage” labeled “3:1″ to link to the site and there is a “Blog” menu item on “Life at 3:1″ that links to “Meandering Passage.”
Perhaps there will be a little cross-traffic between these sites, or perhaps not. At least the 3:1 images can be viewed long after they roll off Meandering Passage.