Second Blog?

I’m thinking of starting a second blog, one focused more on non-space stuff (things like recipes, family pictures, anecdotes, etc). My blog regular readership right now is probably 90-95% people interested in space stuff, and 5-10% family and friends. For friends and family, I’m not sure how interesting all my long-winded and esoteric space posts are. And I’m not sure how interested the rest of you are in hearing about a fun Beef Shawerma recipe I cooked last night, or something funny Jonny said last week. I’ve had lots of stuff I could blog about, but for some reason it doesn’t feel right anymore. Maybe if I had done more non-space blogging on here in the past, it wouldn’t feel so weird. But it does.

Lastly, I’ve seen lots of people using what I’d call the “this guy writes in his underwear about his cat, so why should I take him seriously about anything else” ad hominem. While not everything on this blog is serious, there are some serious policy, technology, and business discussion on here, and I don’t want to give ammunition to those who want to just ignore it because I also like posting pictures of Jonny or something. I think that’s stupid, but it has been keeping me from blogging about non-space stuff for a while.

So, what does everyone think? Setting up a second blog would only take an hour or two, and I’d keep the two linked (Michael suggested setting up RSS feeds for the other blog in the righthand column). I just think I’d feel more free to blog about what I wanted to if I did it that way.

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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13 Responses to Second Blog?

  1. Adi Stav says:

    By all means, separate ’em. I read your blog first on my RSS for the space stuff, but the rest doesn’t say much to me. I just skip those misc posts and they’re somewhat of a distraction.

  2. Adam Greenwood says:

    Probably doing a second blog is smart, or else having a tab at top to keep that other stuff separate, for the reasons you indicate. I like the mix, myself, but I can see why you’d separate them.

    On the other hand, mixing recipes and family stories with serious space advocacy makes it less likely that readers will mistake your views for the Official Masten Space Position, which has happened a time or two in the past.

  3. Ki says:

    Yes. Yes! The space stuff is hard to get through, and while I’m happy to glean what I can from the posts about matters I can comprehend without a physics book beside me–it sure would be cool if you wanted to write more about the rest of your life.

    Your wife and kids . . .

    Etc.

  4. Vladislaw says:

    Friends and family are probably more likely to engage in a blog that is just about your personal life where they might not comment because of the seriousness of other space issue entries.

    For those readers interested in your personal life outside of space issues we have the beauty of the internet because you are always only a click away to your other blog.

  5. Tom Goodman says:

    Do not fall into the trap of thinking that you are two people. You are a whole person with many interests. It is OK to mark posts as space/cooking/family/comedy/exercise/whatever, but serendipity happens when the unrelated things are allowed to mix. A single RSS feed with category prefixes should work fine. We *should* be reading the subject lines before we click through to the post. Let serendipity happen.

  6. Rand Simberg says:

    You could do as I have, and have links to separate archive pages for different categories. I think that the decision to mark categories is a little easier than which blog to post to, and it gives people the option of reading everything you write, or just the things they think they’re interested in, at a single site.

  7. john hare says:

    Invalid current email, posting from borrowed computer at lunch.

    I am doing the batchelor thing, which is off topic for this forum. I should be back on line in a few weeks.

  8. Tom D says:

    I don’t mind it all being on the same blog. I agree with Adam that having non-space stuff helps distinguish this blog from an official publication of your employer.

  9. gravityloss says:

    Nah, I listen to this underwear-lapcat rocket master* any day over NASA institutional inertia apologists on defining the future of spacefaring (if there ever even will be spacefaring!).

    *to define a diffrence from an engineer or a doctor.

  10. SW says:

    Hi JG,

    I’ve been popping onto your blog over the last six months and I’ve enjoyed the space thought experiments you’ve posted and I appreciate the effort that goes into the thinking, documenting and then publishing for our consumption. Should you wish to post some personal things, I would not object, but a separate blog may help some of your friends and family who may be more interested in you than what it is you do 🙂

    BTW, space.com has posted up the Mojave video that featured (amongst others) Masten Space Systems. Were you in the video?

    http://www.space.com/common/media/video/player.php?videoRef=SP_090303Mojave20082

    Kind Regards,
    Stan

  11. SW,
    Yeah, I am in the Mojave video. I’m on from ~2:28-2:40.

    ~Jon

  12. SW says:

    /me gives JG the media star a big high-five 🙂

  13. Donna G says:

    Nah. You are a whole person. Rocket stuff is only part of who you are. The personal stuff defines you and makes you more three dimensional. Then again, go with your gut instincts…

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