Quote from a long essay in the November issue of The Atlantic:
“The blogosphere may, in fact, be the least veiled of any forum in which a writer dares to express himself. Even the most careful and self-aware blogger will reveal more about himself than he wants to in a few unguarded sentences and publish them before he has the sense to hit Delete. The wise panic that can paralyze a writer—the fear that he will be exposed, undone, humiliated—is not available to a blogger. You can’t have blogger’s block. You have to express yourself now, while your emotions roil, while your temper flares, while your humor lasts. You can try to hide yourself from real scrutiny, and the exposure it demands, but it’s hard. And that’s what makes blogging as a form stand out: it is rich in personality.
Later: Typically, I would merely bookmark on Delicious.com/rexblog a quote like this, but I wanted to highlight this specific paragraph and say how much it captures the essence of what I believe makes the “blogging form” a unique style of writing — something I believe is analogous to jazz. It’s the style of writing I described the following way in a comment on a post about how much I enjoy the writing of Fred Wilson (who I believe is a master of the “blog form” of writing Andrew describes):
I’m talking about the kind of writing that’s instant, extemporaneous yet authoritative and insightful — and gives the reader insight into who you are. Good writing for a blog is more jazz than classical.