There is video clip on the NYT website that has Steve Levitt of Freakonomics talking about blogging. I’ve included the link for your viewing pleasure. Unfortunately I can’t figure out how to embed the clip.
He basically says that there are 2 approaches to writing. There is the rigorous academic approach where all words are carefully considered, edited and fact checked prior to publication and there is the blog where we ‘just toss out bombs’. I find it particularly amusing that he says, somewhat perplexed, “The amazing thing to me is… sometimes people care”. Well duh – you co-authored one of the most read books in the country and have a NYT sponsored blog. Yes – people take your words seriously. And if you don’t want anyone to care, why write?
But getting back to us mere mortals, I think there there is a place in between Levitt’s 2 extremes where people write fairly well considered and crafted posts but nothing that would stand up to academic rigor. I”m mostly the drive-by type just tossing the words out there without thinking too hard about it. Every once in a while I want to be touching or funny and then I have to write a couple of versions and really engage my brain.
Where are you on that spectrum? Bombs or brilliance? What drives your posting? Do you feel you need to post with a particular frequency?
ps- yes I do have things to write about my life. So many, in fact that I can’t sort them all out so I’m turning the lights on you, dear readers, and hoping for some feedback. This temporarily interrupted show will return soon.