This Blogging Life

Kevin Drum confesses, “I like articles that have a clear takeaway which I can excerpt and comment on. If there isn’t one, I sometimes put the piece aside and then never get back to it. Bad blogger.”

Au contraire.

This quality has made Kevin one of the best bloggers out there for more than six years running. Indeed, it’s how just about all of the good ones manage to crank out large volumes of interesting materials day after day, week after week, […].

Doing this may cause one to miss out on a great insight from time to time but it’s the only way to get any blogging done.

(Kevin also makes some point or another about sustainable food production, which I gather is both a good thing and hard to achieve.)

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Comments

  1. sam says:

    Yeah, I think Kevin’s being too hard on himself. When I read his blog and yours, I’m really impressed re the number of diverse topics you guys can address from your perspectives. To address all of the stuff out there, it’d take a Nicolas Bourbaki of blogdom to do it right–and then the blog would probably be so big as to be unreadable. Not big like the map the guy decided to make on a one foot to one foot scale, but damn close.

  2. Bithead says:

    I like articles that have a clear takeaway which I can excerpt and comment on. If there isn’t one, I sometimes put the piece aside and then never get back to it. Bad blogger.

    Well, how does this work with the cries about lack of detailed analysis and reporting from the Dinosaur Media, then?

  3. James Joyner says:

    Well, how does this work with the cries about lack of detailed analysis and reporting from the Dinosaur Media, then?

    “Damn, this reporter has no clue what he’s talking about” is certainly a takeaway.

    There’s plenty of detailed analysis out there from both MSM and the blogosphere. The lengthier pieces, though, are harder to blog and therefore get less blogging. And PDFs are worse than long HTML articles. Books are worst of all!

  4. Bithead says:

    James;

    (nod)

    Of course, there’s also Reynolds and Drudge, neither of which get too deeply into their links and yet have higher hitrates than any mortals. Makes one wonder if the driver there isn’t the same. Of course, … there’s always a look at the result.. folks who spent all of the 2004 campaign mouthing the word nuance while having none.