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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

How Blogging Changed My Life

An inspirational true story. 

Cartoon_blog_5_1 I’ve been blogging for roughly a month now, and I thought it would be a good time to take stock and reflect.  “Only blogging a month?” the grizzled veterans of blogging might ask, “What insights could such a neophyte have?”  I don’t have much of a response, except to note that if a 15-year old ice skater can write an autobiography, my posting about my blogging experiences is far less audacious.  So here are my reflections:

1. I read many more blogs now.  I read a lot more news articles.  I surf the Internet virtually 24-7 (pardon the pun).  Me and the Internet – we have become one.  Why?  The need for blog grist is immense.  The blog is a hungry monster.

2. I’m beginning to categorize everything I read or hear into two categories: bloggable or not-bloggable.

3. I write with a different voice when blogging than in my scholarship.  More specifically, my blog posts allow me to write in a more informal and witty way.  I really enjoy this.  I like the “blogging me.”  I wish I could meet this person in real life. 

4. I now have a permanent record of my stupid thoughts and ideas on the Internet.  This probably disqualifies me from ever being canonized as a great legal thinker . . . as if that would ever happen anyway, but I always liked having the dream.  Imagine if Oliver Wendell Holmes had a blog and he blogged about Star Wars.  This would take away his gravitas, don’t you think?  On the other hand, his blog would be great dark comedy, and his posts would be quite well-written.  I’d probably bookmark it.      

5. People actually read my posts each day.  Some even write comments.  Who are these people?  Why don’t they have lives? 

6. There is a dark side to blogging.  I think that blogging is more addictive than crack.  If I go a few days without blogging, I start to go into convulsions.  Somebody told me that the best answer to the question, “Why don’t you have a blog?” is “I have a life.” 

7. I now suffer from a new illness – an anxiety caused by not having an idea to blog about.  I will term this affliction blogiety. I worry: “What if all my ideas dry up?  What if there are no interesting articles out there to blog about or even link to?  What if there’s just nothing left to say?”  I snap out of these moments, but they can be quite scary. 

 

8. I’ve learned to express ideas more succinctly and to write more quickly.  I hope that this will have a positive impact on my scholarly writing.  After all, the law reviews are now enforcing page limits, so my days of writing 80-page clunkers are over. 

More thoughts later.  After all, posting thoughts about blogging is a great cure for blogiety. 

Posted by Daniel Solove on June 8, 2005 at 03:20 AM in Blogging, Daniel Solove | Permalink

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"I’ve learned to express ideas more succinctly and to write more quickly. I hope that this will have a positive impact on my scholarly writing."

Maybe. Academics in general could stand to be clearer, which usually means simpler sentences and words. But to some extent the two writing styles are just fundamentally different. (Take this response -- I've got a one-word sentence. Horrible!)

Posted by: Bruce | Jun 8, 2005 12:21:40 AM

Re: #5. We are suffering from sympathetic blogeity in those of us who do not have an established blog of our own.

Posted by: Joel | Jun 8, 2005 9:27:30 AM

Great post: you captured the thoughts of this blogger wonderfully. Re: #5, you'll notice by looking at your own stats and the stats of other bloggers that traffic drops on Friday and then plummets by at least 50% on the weekend. So it seems that most readers do indeed have lives - just not when they're at work.

Posted by: Mike | Jun 8, 2005 12:31:51 PM

Blogiety, schmlogiety. You, Dan, will never be at a loss for things to talk about. After all, there's always toothpicks and privilege . . .

Posted by: eric | Jun 8, 2005 2:58:04 PM

Blogging probably doesn't hurt your legal thinking reputation. Perhaps it burnishes it. Posner/Becker, for example, features some very interesting discussions of public policy.

And if Holmes had blogged about the Star Wars prequels, and Lucas' plans to (maybe) do another three, he'd certainly have said "Three iterations of cretinous films is enough."

Posted by: Al Maviva | Jun 8, 2005 3:37:27 PM

"People actually read my posts each day. Some even write comments. Who are these people? Why don’t they have lives? "

ROFL! I'd rather think of it as creating our own new life that the "others" can only see by looking in the window. We don't have the door barred and we don't push them out if they want to join the party... but the party is here in the blogosphere and I'm having a terrific time.

Posted by: Teresa | Jun 8, 2005 4:51:13 PM

"Blogiety" -- that's a keeper! If you didn't, you'd hear from fewer people without a life...

Posted by: Lisa Stone | Jun 9, 2005 8:50:30 AM

great post and great blog. I have been blogging since dec02 and yeah u do run out of ideas and at times you dry out but then something interesting happens and on it goes.

Good luck

Posted by: rosa | Jun 10, 2005 8:17:07 AM

One of the best posts about blogging ever. I am currently suffering from #7, therefore, I have decided to link to this article. Thanks.

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