Chad Perrin: SOB

4 October 2010

Blogstrapping, Finally

Filed under: Geek,Metalog,Profession,Writing — apotheon @ 12:08

Just over three years ago, I wrote an entry here at SOB entitled Blogstrapping, in which I mentioned I was “planning to spin off a development weblog from SOB.”

I then said:

At first, the main focus is likely to be on writing weblog software, since the idea of this spin-off is that I will be writing a weblog application, and will be using it as I write. It’ll be the ultimate expression of the concept of “eating my own dog food”, as the expression goes.

It has taken me almost three and a half years to get around to it. I’ve had other things on my plate and, as I mentioned in The Virtues Of Lump — the inaugural entry at blogstrapping — laziness has served as the key motivation behind my procrastination. Perhaps ironically, I think that procrastination was probably for the best; I think I am actually in a better headspace for this project now than I was at the time.

Anyway . . . the wait was long, but it appears to be over. I’m working on development of the CMS application I use for blogstrapping at a pretty good clip so far. You can see the blogstrapping version of this entry, the “hello world” of the new development Weblog, if you like: Blog Strap Ping

. . . or just check out the main page of blogstrapping and follow links from there. There’s an RSS feed, too, complete with autodiscovery that should be recognized by modern browsers like current versions of Firefox. I still need to work on perfecting the generation of the RSS feed, but I believe it should work with (most?) RSS readers.

That’s where I’ll likely be sharing most of my thoughts about software development from now on. Of course, I’ll also be contributing a couple times a month to the Programming column at TechRepublic from now on. The subject matter of such articles will likely vary (perhaps subtly) from that of my blogstrapping entries, however.

Thanks for reading. I hope you like the new venue.


  1. Glad to hear that you’ll be writing for P&D more. We really need additional content in there, not just to beef it up, but also because not everyone is a .NET developer which is what I primarily cover. And the first article you did there was excellent!

    One of my sticking points with writing there is that my day-to-day work doesn’t have me learning anything particularly new or interesting. Most of what I do that produces “Wow! Neat! I want to tell someone about this!” is working on Rat Catcher with the Agile Platform, which is going to be of limited appeal (I usually just post that stuff to their message board with a good response). So it can be very hard for me to think of a topic many weeks!


    Comment by Justin James — 4 October 2010 @ 01:33

  2. Thanks for the welcome, and the compliments. I’ll endeavor to keep things interesting. I hope I can measure up; I know I’m not quite the disciplined, well-educated developer you are. I’m a CompSci college drop-out and haven’t ever worked in the kind of corporate development environment that I imagine the majority of your readers find most familiar.

    I guess it’ll depend on how many people reading that column have interests I can serve.

    Comment by apotheon — 4 October 2010 @ 02:03

  3. If it makes you feel any better, I’m a CS drop out too. I switched majors in college, and double-majored in “Can’t Get a Job Ology”. :) But yeah, working int he corporate setting, depressing as it is, has offered an insight into things that I never considered before. Don’t get me started on my current ASP.NET and MS CRM projects… for every 30 minutes of actual work, there are 4 hours of fixing frustrating, non-code (or “sort of code”) issues. One day I will write about MS CRM, but I can’t bear to think about it any more than needed…


    Comment by Justin James — 4 October 2010 @ 06:52

  4. Oh, by the by, the Lump RSS feed works fine in Outlook, if that’s any help to you.


    Comment by Justin James — 4 October 2010 @ 06:53

  5. I don’t feel bad about being a CompSci college dropout. Actually, I dropped out of college entirely shortly after dropping out of the CS program. I dropped CS because of the absurdity of how the math courses were handled at the school I attended, and I dropped out of college entirely because I had to move several thousand miles away for family reasons. Anyway, I’m okay with it. I know it’s going to continue to hurt my attractiveness to HR departments everywhere, and short of inventing the next Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm or something like that, there are some places that would never hire me, regardless of skills and experience. Still, I enjoy coding, so I’ll keep doing it, and that’s fine with me.

    re: Lump RSS, thanks for the report. Every bit of input I get on what does and doesn’t work helps. Let me know if you notice any problems with the RSS feed later on, please.

    Comment by apotheon — 4 October 2010 @ 09:15

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