This is now my blog home. I’ve got about eighty percent of the photographs from the kids’ blog up and working, and have converted the individual posts on relevanthistory.com to pages that forward to their equivalents here. I’m also going to keep relevanthistory.com up for an extra month, to increase the odds that people will redirect their browsers.
I’m going back and forth about whether I want to keep the relevanthistory.com domain name. I got it with an eye to setting up a consulting company a couple years ago. That never happened, but it made sense to use the domain when I started blogging.
The one thing that makes me hesitate is that I don’t want to lose the work and value created by the links and RSS subscriptions make relevanthistory.com. I’ve been reading Frank Ryan’s Darwin’s Blind Spot (thanks again, Howard), which is about the role that symbiosis plays in evolution. Ryan points out that the concept of symbiosis has its origins in nineteenth-century studies that established that many species of trees have fungus growing in and around their root structures, that multiply the root structure’s surface area by a hundredfold and help keep the tree alive. The relationship is so intimate, and so essential for both parties, it’s hard to say where the tree ends and the fungus begins.
Blogs (and other Web sites) and links are like that: yes, they’re separate, but they’re also deeply intertwined. If meaning is defined by context, then some of the meaning of what I write is defined by the fact that people link to it; and if I break those links, I lose.