Our friend and fellow national MLB.com writer Tom Singer just started a new MLBlog a few days ago called Change for a Nickel — so I decided to ask him how he decided on the title.
“As the subhead says, ‘Change for a Nickel’ simply means I’m giving readers my two cents’ worth, so they get change back for their nickel,” Tom replied.
It got me thinking about MLBlogs domains.
Like, is this the longest one? http://captainjacksparrowplaysfortheorioles.mlblogs.com
Let’s talk about MLBlogs domains, starting with some general housekeeping.
Effective with our relaunch to the Movable Type platform last April, there is a Provisions plug-in here for superuser admin with a massive list of reserved domains. These include all 30 club names as well as 40-man rosters, so they are reserved for clubs and players. Examples of such usage are tigers.mlblogs.com and bengiemolina.mlblogs.com
For anyone who may have maintained an MLBlog on the old Typepad platform prior to last April, there is no further login access to said blog and it will be scraped if/when needed. If you have one of those, you are advised to scrape and copy the contents of those yourself, as they could disappear at any time.
The Provisions list is inherited from Six Apart, and in scanning it I noticed a lot of bizarre semi-celebrity names as well as words like “buzz” for reasons that might have made sense for the MT developer. So if you find an MLBlogs domain unavailable and want to create one, feel free to leave a comment here requesting it and I can remove something from that Provision plugin if necessary.
mlbtest1.mlblogs.com is not available, but it is a great place to go if you need the standard Latin placeholder text for Internet development. That actually was not the first MLBlogs domain. The first several were Six Apart test accounts. The first MLBlog domain visible to the public belonged then — and still belongs today — to the great Tommy Lasorda. You know you are an icon when you only need your first name as an MLBlogs subdomain. I hope you keep Tommy’s comments going strong at http://tommy.mlblogs.com
I see that our good friends Jane Heller and Joe Torre are having a Yankee book war now, with books each coming out on the same day. I mention them because both use their own names as their MLBlog subdomain. Jane titles her blog with the same name of her new book: Confessions of a She-Fan. (I linked to her Amazon page rather than her B&N page because Amazon is currently marked down to $16.47 as opposed to B&N’s $16.83.) Joe blogged for the 2008 season, and it was named New Life. New Lifestyle.
The MLB.com writer with the longest-running active MLBlog is my good friend Jesse Sanchez. But while he launched with his firstlast name as the subdomain, it was changed that first year to http://js.mlblogs.com for some strange reason. Ask Jesse.
Murray Cook didn’t use his name in reserving his domain shortly after we launched back in 2005. He went instead with his occupation: http://groundskeeper.mlblogs.com — and you can see his most recent posting about the tragic building collapse at that Barcelona ballfield.
It is usually easier when you make the subdomain the same as the title, but sometimes it cannot work that way. There are some examples of that in this current MRA:
The penultimate MLBlog domain on that list is the only one to my knowledge that uses “gmail” within the subdomain.
Mets’ Main Man has the same title as subdomain except for the apostrophe.
Last October, we had at least one player MLBlog going for every club in the playoffs. The only one of those who was not firstlast name in the subdomain was http://diningwithdre.mlblogs.com because Andre Ethier wanted to keep a good thing going.
I am curious what thought process everyone put into creating her or his own MLBlog. What is the funniest MLBlog domain? What is the coolest? What is the dumbest? Which one always makes you say: Ooh, I wish I had that one. How do you feel about your own? I think this would be a fun topic to comment on and I will join you in the comments.
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