Andrew Sullivan, author of one of my favorite blogs The Daily Dish has a great new essay called “Why I Blog” in the new issue of the Atlantic. Given our class discussion on the purposes, voices, and collaboration involved in blogging, I particularly like this paragraph:
A blogger will air a variety of thoughts or facts on any subject in no particular order other than that dictated by the passing of time. A writer will instead use time, synthesizing these thoughts, ordering them, weighing which points count more than others, seeing how his views evolved in the writing process itself, and responding to an editor’s perusal of a draft or two. The result is almost always more measured, more satisfying, and more enduring than a blizzard of posts. The triumphalist notion that blogging should somehow replace traditional writing is as foolish as it is pernicious. In some ways, blogging’s gifts to our discourse make the skills of a good traditional writer much more valuable, not less. The torrent of blogospheric insights, ideas, and arguments places a greater premium on the person who can finally make sense of it all, turning it into something more solid, and lasting, and rewarding.
If you don’t have time for the article but want some insight into Andrew Sullivan’s blogging process, check out the following video, in which he and fellow Atlantic blogger Marc Ambinder talk about the medium.