I blogged for 17 years and all I got were these lousy Markov chains.

On Friday I wrote about how I turned 17 years of blog text into interesting sentences. I’ve also put that up on the web at and now, with the help of Cheap Bots Done Quick (a free bot hosting service created by George Buckenham).

I turned that into a Twitter bot that tweets regularly. You can follow it at @BloggingBot.

I really like the code CBDQ uses: Tracery. It’s a straightforward, JavaScript-like syntax that’s kind of fun to write. It’s the brainchild of GalaxyKate.

"sentences": ["Here are videos of some of Leah's brothers and sisters.",
"Trying to get back on the horse, and I suppose I'm glad I don't get seasick.",
// 10,000 lines of pre-generated Markovify sentences
"If there are fewer, but still a long way to go. from Instagram IFTTTHere for kind of a joke as a band."],
"option": ["You asked for it!", "Here you go!", "Yes indeed!"],
"origin" : "#sentences#"

It’s free to host! Now, previously I’d written about @Ventcheck a bot I wrote at San Diego Code Kitchen in 2016.

BloggingBot can answer a reply made to it, because CBDQ has added that functionality. The reply Tracery code is nice too:

	"more please":"#option#\n\n#origin#\n\nThanks you for your kind attention. cc @artlung",
	".":"Hiya. I'm just a bot. But if you answer with \"more please\" then I'll tweet you again. :-)"

I submitted it to Mefi Projects yesterday. I look forward to having more projects to submit there. Metafilter is a great community.

So if you feel inclined, please feel free to follow @BloggingBot

I’m enjoying trying to write something technical every day. It’s a challenge that feels doable.

Thanks for your kind attention.

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