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why i’m not posting

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Paradox of blogging. When I justify – generally to myself but sometimes to others – the fact that I write this blog, generally my argument takes this shape: that the blog is helpful because it takes inchoate ideas, random reflections garnered in reading this or that, and forces me to follow through to a claim about them. In other words, the temptation to make a post of a thought moves distracted thinking through to un-distracted concentration. Time and again, I’ve found an argumentative line where there was nothing more than a passing fancy.

But here’s the paradox. I’m garnering a little more writing work lately, which of course makes more writing work easier to garner, as you can parade around your CV bonafides like a journalism membership card. But what happens when this happens is a sort of doubling-over of, or doubling-down on, the logic described above. Random thought turns into incipient blogpost, but then incipient blogpost becomes potential article for pay and in print.

This happened today, early this morning. I was working on a long post based on this article, when I realized that the thing I was doing had the reasonable potential to be a properly publishable piece. And so I stopped short, post nearly done, and wrote instead an pitch for the world-leading art magazine (as my department’s impact statement has it – and they’re not wrong!) that I sometimes write for. We’ll see what happens – I’d be thrilled to write this up for them. But it does fuck the blog a bit. Increasingly, when I think I’m onto something good, I keep it off of here. For instance, there’s this great idea I have for a piece about DFW, totally blogable, but…. It’ll never see the html.

My plan is to drop the pseudonymity at least by January 2011, right after my probation hearing – in which case, generally speaking, I’ll be able to link to published work and then all will be good and I won’t feel guilty about selling out my readers and being in general a bad blogger of the old and pure school. (There are funny stories to tell about the pseudonymity too – like the one about how I’d do my department good, again on the “impact” side of the REF, if I’d cop to having a blog… But… It’s a bit more complicated than that, isn’t it?)

Written by adswithoutproducts

April 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

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  1. It’s ok old man – impending global financial collapse and eruption of Iceland’s Katla will cause most of your readers to starve/choke to death by the end of the year.

    davidaa

    April 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

  2. So, what you are saying is that your blogging has worked as ads for your products? Alas, where have all the ads without products gone?

    kvond

    April 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

  3. “Increasingly, when I think I’m onto something good, I keep it off of here. For instance, there’s this great idea I have for a piece about DFW, totally blogable, but…. It’ll never see the html.”

    Genuine question: why not? How do you figure this idea would be depowered or devalued by finding an initial formulation in blog form?

    Giovanni

    April 18, 2010 at 12:59 am

  4. Well I am thinking as well. Couldn’t the blog be the place for you inchoate ideas. I like them. I mean both your ideas and the inchoate kind.

    Will Large

    April 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm


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