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Surfacing

So I’ve always been an occasional sort of blogger.  I tend to oscillate between posting all the time and posting almost never.  I’m currently in my “almost never” phases.  That’s largely because there are Exciting Things(tm) going on, and very few of them relate to blogging.

Those things which do relate to blogging are now spread out across three different blogs.  See, I’m one of those annoying people who likes to compartmentalize things.  Often to a sickening degree.  Some of it comes from what procrastination in the guise of productivity.  But sometimes it really helps me to be able to sit down and block out a certain section of my mind to focus on.  Right now, this is reflected in three blogs that I’ve got up:

Fifty-Two Tuesdays (My Music Blog) – Wherein I post songs I dig, reviews of things, and anything else related to music.  Music is a huge part of my life.  I listen to it 8 or more hours a day, on average.  I think a great deal about it, and it helps me to have a place to write about it.

Shut Up and Hack (My Tech/Code Blog) – This is the newest of my blogs, and it largely grew out of two things.  One was that I was filling this blog up with nothing but politics and tech.  I was getting sick of politics, but I figured that if I was going to just blather about tech all the time, I wanted to do it in a blog with that as the stated mission.  It also helps that I built that blog with code-blogging in mind, and that informed layout choices as well as spurred me to track down and install some good code-oriented WordPress plugins.

The Blag Switch (Everything Else) – This blog continues to be more or less a dumping ground.  I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is one blog that’s not going to be purpose-driven.  I have principled objections to “Misc.” folders and it drove me crazy for awhile that that’s basically what this blog is.  That being said, it’s proved very handy to have a place where I can dump all the errata that pops into my head.

I’ve thought about starting other blogs (a philosophy blog and a gun blog, in particular), but down that path seems to lie madness.  As it stands now, I think that operating a blog for music and a blog for code while maintaining this blog as a place to dump anything else I care to seems like it works pretty well.  At some point in the future I may condense blogs or create new ones.  But for now, three seems to be doing the trick.

Honestly, it feels strange not keeping all my blogging in one place.  To have a blog is so often considered a binary thing; a person either has a blog or they don’t.  To have several feels both clinically compartmental and also remarkably self-indulgent.  But to roll all my writing into one blog feels almost unbearably chaotic.

I guess for now I’m choosing self-indulgence over chaos.

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  1. Chris Sullins says

    I’ve been considering having a few different entry points into my blog based on url. I’d write all the posts on the same backend, but categorize them differently. Then on the various entry points I would only include various categories. So blog.azureabstraction.com would have different content than blog.chrissullins.com, though there might be some overlap.

    Then again, I haven’t really gotten around to writing many coding entries. Someday.

  2. The Tarquin says

    That’s a really good idea. And with a little bit of PHP trickery it shouldn’t be terribly difficult. Would you want the end user to be aware of the fact that both sets of content are actually hosted on the same blog? Or would the same blog just seem totally different based on point-of-entry?

  3. Chris Sullins says

    I think I’d explain it somewhere, and feature links, but not too prominently. They would look like closely-related blogs. Maybe even a horizontal header menu for which to include.

    One major difficulty would be canonical urls for the crossover articles. Perhaps everything would need to redirect to blog.chrissullins.com, and the index pages would be the only thing different (besides some url parameter that specifies which blog they came from, which would define the style but not be included in the canonical url).

    On a side note, I would also want some way to notify users of replies to their comments. 😉 WordPress doesn’t do such a great job there.

  4. The Tarquin says

    Interesting ideas. I like the simplicity of it, and the (theoretical) ease of crossposting once it gets all set up. I cringe a little inside every time I have to create two copies of a post whenever I cross post. To me, that means inelegance, versioning issues, wasted energy, etc.

    Also, good call on the comment subscriptions. I’ll look into WP plugins to handle that.