As you can see, I've been tinkering with design for Balsbaugh7.

As a part of that, I will be gradually removing the "Thinking about" sidebar item by taking an item off the list, making brief comment on it in a short blog post and then labeling it. Let me know if there's anything you were particulalry interested in at some point.

I'm also thinking about a platform for a new web-site that would be a thinned out version of this one, leaving out the family stuff and just dual posting most of the rest - education, commentary, scripture, music, etc.

Balsbaugh7 wouldn't change at all, but techno-Sabbatarian would offer a more professionalized version of the content for those who read but feel like they are peeking in on a family meeting and so feel weird commenting. (That's not in the least a suggestion for my sisters and mother to stop commenting! That's been the #1 benefit of having this blog, and the reason I wouldn't want to run only a disincarnate idea blog.)

I also wouldn't mind if technoSabbatarian becomes more widely read someday (like when I write a book and need to promote it :-) so I'm thinking of soft-promoting techno-Sabbatarian by using it rather than Balsbaugh7 as my link when I comment on other more widely read blogs.

There's no content there yet. But if you want to check out the design, go to

As a bonus, you can also see the final five blogs I decided upon!

After you take a look, let me know what you think.

●Any comments on the idea of doing this in the first place?

●Any comments on the banner design?

●www.technosabbatarian.blogspot or www.techno-sabbatarian.blogspot? (hypen or hyphen-less)

●What on Balsbaugh7 would work well there and what makes this feel more like a family blog (that I also want to run)?

I'm working on a welcome post that I will also have some questions about in the next couple days, so if you want to contribute, start thinking about what the principles of techno-Sabbatarianism should be.


Ben said...

The idea of separating a family blog and an "other" is a good one, especially if you have a specific, separate agenda for each of them. It does not take any additional resources (time, money) on your end if you are posting things you would have posted anyway, you are simply categorizing it better.

As for techno-sabbatarian vs technosabbatarian, I am in favor of no hyphen. I am used to websites having domain names that are multiple words all as one. Leaving out the hyphen in the banner might work too. The different fonts make it easy to distinguish, so I don't know if the hyphen is necessary for readability.

The Six of Us said...

No hyphen.

Great idea though. I hope you keep up with BOTH blogs. And get Jen to sign into the family blog to write as well!

I wish there was a way, perhaps there is(?), to leave items in the sidebar as a running post which allows comments. The posts come too quickly and the discussion then ends. A pit fall with online discussions. There is no lull for thinking through and sinking in.

I LOVE the banner.

Mainely Me said...

Interesting that you have decided to separate your blogs; I had pretty much decided that I wasn't going to leave many comments, even regarding some of the family discussions....Something my Dad used to say kept going through my mind: "It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." I will read both, and I will continue to enjoy and think about what I read. Kind of my mental exercise program:)

Janine the Bean said...

I like the idea of having two separate blogs. Though, as Jodi said, please maintain BOTH (and remember, you can only do it six days).

Actually, I like the hyphen.

technosabbatarian is harder to read than techno-Sabbatarian.

I don't like the way it looks when it's all mushed together. That's my two cents.