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.
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 apotheon.net (for instance, blogstrapping.apotheon.net)? Should I register a domain name for this (for instance, blogstrapping.com)? 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.
I’ve “decided” (in quotes because it’s not final) that I need better weblog software than WordPress — which is pretty much the best available. I’ve “decided” that I should write my own. I’ve “decided” that I will use Rails to do so. I’ve “decided” that I will “blog” the process of development. I’ve “decided” that I will set up a separate weblog from this one with the software while I’m developing it, and that will be where I update readers on the process — because it will provide me with some great motivation to keep up the development process.
I’ve “decided” that this will spin off the new weblog as my new software development weblog, which means there will be less software development stuff here at SOB.
I have not “decided” on a name for the thing yet, but I will. Eventually.
Before I start.
Not right now, though. I’ll let you know.
edit: I’ve written the software, and it’s running live right now. I’m also still working on it, as I use it. Check blogstrapping.com for details.