Chad Perrin: SOB

16 March 2007


Filed under: Geek,Metalog — apotheon @ 11:48

As I mentioned in an earlier SOB entry about using “blogging” as a development process, I’m planning to spin off a development weblog from SOB. 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.

In the comments, Sterling (also of Chip’s Quips) suggested the name “Blogstrapping” for this new spin-off weblog. I thought about it and decided I definitely want to use that term — thanks, Sterling — but I’m not 100% certain how. I’ll either name the weblog “Blogstrapping”, or I’ll use the term as a category for posts in the new weblog that refer to the process of building the weblog software while I’m using it.

Another thing I need to figure out is how I’ll handle the URL. Should I just create a subdomain at (for instance, Should I register a domain name for this (for instance, I’m taking suggestions at this point, on both this matter and that of what to name the thing, if you have any.

I’m going out of town on Thursday, for about six days. I’m making arrangements for a “guest blogger” to take over while I’m away so that you won’t be left without interesting material here at SOB during that period. I mention this in this post because it’s likely that I’ll start the blogstrapping process after I’ve gotten back from my trip and caught up on things I’ve been neglecting while away (like dealing with the moderation queue here, masses of email, and so on). That means that if I don’t miss my guess you should be seeing the appearance of the blogstrapping project around April Fool’s Day. I think that’d be an excellent day to get started.


  1. Thanks for the mention, apotheon. If I were you and “” (or net or org) is available, I’d grab it – even if you don’t use it.

    Comment by Sterling Camden — 16 March 2007 @ 02:15

  2. Excellent point — and done. The domain name is mine now. Thanks for the advice.

    . . . and of course I had to mention you. Credit where it’s due.

    Comment by apotheon — 16 March 2007 @ 02:55

  3. […] Apotheon plans to write software to use to write about writing the software for writing about writing the software for… (I hope there’s some tail recursion optimization here) […]

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  4. Advice: keep all your blogs on the same domain. Better for SEO.

    Comment by engtech — 18 March 2007 @ 02:33

  5. Thanks for the advice, engtech. I have considered that, and I’m a little torn in some cases. Generally, I lean toward the same conclusion, with notable exceptions. In this case, though, I think I’m looking at an exception — in part because I have plans for expansion of the domain’s contents at some point to include exposition on related topic areas.

    Plus . . . at least for the time being, will also be accessible via which is pretty closely tied to through extensive cross-linking.

    Comment by apotheon — 18 March 2007 @ 03:12

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