2. Lots of people have asked me where I got the name PubliCola. Here's the answer:
It's a Federalist Papers reference.
I'm a big James Madison fan. One great thing about Madison is this: Along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, he wrote the Federalist Papers. ( I go as Madison every year for Halloween.)
I feel like Madison and his Federalist Papers co-horts were the first bloggers—posting their running set of screeds in the New York press in 1788 trying to convince the 13 states to ratify the Constitution. Madison also co-wrote the Constitution, man.
The Federalist Papers-as-blog-entries conceit is heightened by the fact that each article was signed with a pseudonym.
Madison, Hamilton, and Jay's pseudonym? "Publius."
Publius was a reference to an early leader of the Roman Republic named Publius Valerius Publicola.