Andrew Connell

Eat your own dogfood, don't just speak about eating it

One of my tips on being a better blogger in my Creating, Establishing, and Maintaining a Successful Blog presentation at the Jacksonville Code Camp last weekend was to subscribe to your own feed. It isn’t some ego stroking exercise, it is so you can see how your feeds come across to your readers & subscribers. So I do that, but I’d become lax…

I have a category in FeedDemon (my favorite news aggregator) called “A-List Feeds”. These are the feeds that even when I’m busy and don’t have time to read through all my subscriptions (now pushing 400), I always at least look at any new stuff in this folder. I keep my feed in that category so I can address problems as soon as possible. Lately, I’ve just been marking my feed as read when I jump into FeedDemon. I’d fallen into the habit of not reading my own feed.

Last Thursday night I upgraded my blog to Subtext 1.9, but it looks like I missed one thing. Subtext ships exposing your blog feed at the URL http://[blog]/rss.aspx. I change it to point to an obscure URL and redirect any requests to my feed which is setup to monitor that obscure URL. I hadn’t noticed, when upgrading my blog to Subtext 1.9, that the Subtext dev team refactored where the RSS HTTP handler was… it moved from Subtext.Common -> Subtext.Framework. So, since last Thursday, no one was getting updates. Thankfully, Arno mentioned it to me today over IM and I quickly fixed it.

However, had I been really reading my own feed, I would have noticed that recent posts weren’t appearing! Igit! There goes my lesson: make sure you eat your own dogfood, don’t just tell people about how great your dogfood really is!

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.