It is an interesting idea, and something I have pondered for Fruits and Votes, given the evident segmentation of the readership on my “core” topics (and my various peripheral ones).** I’d be curious to know what readers think. (Not that I would know how to implement the idea at the moment; in fact, Professor Bainbridge himself is asking his readers for advice on how to fine-tune the concept. I wish he was seeking that advice in public comments, rather than via private e-mail.)
** On the other hand, Althouse suggests that mixed-topic blogs are better, though concedes that the concept may appeal to those “who want to write about their professional subject in a style that they worry is not entertaining enough for lay readers.” Maybe that applies to F&V? On the other hand, this segmentation concept is what I have already tried to accomplish with the categories (“orchard blocks” listed down the left sidebar), most of which also have their own sudomains, for example:
(etc.; “LaderaFrutal” & “FruitsandVotes” are generally aliases.)
I am not sure the extent to which visitors use the categories or are even aware of the subdomains, though the latter are a very useful way for me to direct someone (especially my students) to a set of posts/plantings that are on a specific topic, and in a way that is easy to remember. I have created a “mshugart.net” domain, which should be even easier (e.g. japan.mshugart.net), but I have not made it functional yet. Maybe during winter-solstice break.
[This may, or then again may not, be my first article with more text in footnotes than in main text!]