Well this week I moved my photography site blog content over to a WordPress hosted version and now it’s live here at PinkysEye.com.
I should have done this from the start last June when I launched my overall site. While I like the features and look of my gallery site hosted by the Format.com folks, their blog features (basically none) weren’t doing it for me.
Moving the content over to WordPress was fairly straightforward, although I had some busy work updating links, header photos, sidebars, and just a wee bit of content.
This platform will provide more flexibility and ease of use in the long run.
My blog was originally named Pinky’s World, but I decided to change it to Pinky’s Eye. I own both associated .com domain names, and think Pinky’s Eye allows a bit more focus (pun intended) on the content I want to provide here!
However there is a larger and more important reason why I changed the blog web address. It’s not just about utilizing a .com domain name or related to traffic, SEO, SEM, etc.
Not everyone knows this, but I lost half the sight in my left eye 12 years ago due to high blood pressure that is now under control. Essentially blood flow to my retina stopped and my vision deteriorated, with no chance of reversal. I had no idea at the time why this was happening, and had no warning symtoms at all other than thinking I had something in my eye (such as dust) that would not go away.
It scared the hell out of me. So to this day I am so thankful for the vision I have, and thus have a great deal of empathy for anyone with serious vision loss, impairment, or blindness. It has reinforced my appreciation for all the beauty and nature for us to enjoy during our short time on Earth, and maybe why I enjoy landscape, nature and travel photography.
Lesson is: Check your blood pressure. Even if you think you are in tip top shape. Especially when you hit your 40s. It’s a silent killer.
So since then I’ve dealt with this impairment. With both eyes open I can barely tell any difference. With one eye closed it becomes a real handicap and somewhat difficult in low light. Believe it or not though, I use my left eye (the impaired one) when composing through a viewfinder. Otherwise modern digital screens on the backs of most digital cameras are a relief.
I do appreciate everyone that visits my blog and photography website. Thanks for your past support and I hope this new format will enable more discussion and appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us.
-Pinky Brand (1 December 2017)