The Narco Appeal Of Blogging

Slight navel-gazing on a U.S. holiday: a good longish story from Andrew Sullivan in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine. One of the earliest columnist/bloggers, Sullivan documents his own learnings in his blogging life, and the visceral appeal of the format. And even though it is a different focus and sensibility than what we have done at our company, there are a lot of similarities that I can identify with.

Some gems after the jump

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— “A blog is not so much daily writing as hourly writing. And with that level of timeliness, the provisionality of every word is even more pressing–and the risk of error or the thrill of prescience that much greater.” As a journalism-driven blog media company, the last part is seductive but dangerous territory, and we have had to balance it over the years.
— “Writers can be sensitive, vain souls, requiring gentle nurturing from editors, and oddly susceptible to the blows delivered by reviewers. They survive, for the most part, but the thinness of their skins is legendary…Now the feedback was instant, personal, and brutal.”
— “A blog, therefore, bobs on the surface of the ocean but has its anchorage in waters deeper than those print media is technologically able to exploit. It disempowers the writer to that extent, of course. The blogger can get away with less and afford fewer pretensions of authority.”
— “People have a voice for radio and a face for television. For blogging, they have a sensibility.” Truer words have…
— “There are times, in fact, when a blogger feels less like a writer than an online disc jockey, mixing samples of tunes and generating new melodies through mashups while also making his own music. He is both artist and producer–and the beat always goes on.” The new definition of an online journalist, for sure.
— “The triumphalist notion that blogging should somehow replace traditional writing is as foolish as it is pernicious. In some ways, blogging