Comments: Well, well, well

Howard's essay in the Washington Post wasn't really about blog elitism as much as about blog insularity, and it was specific to the literary blogs she happens to read. Nonetheless, the diary nature of blogs does lend itself to self-obsession, preaching to the choir, etc., which is why blog writers (particularly ones who characterize their writing as political blogs) need to make an extra effort to be outward-directed and accessible to new readers. All the Andrew Sullivan-this and Instapundit-that stuff going on where people rail against right-wing bloggers whose opinions they don't like seems such a waste of breath and bandwidth to me, when we could be using that energy to talk about important stuff like Bush in London or the Safety Dance.

Posted by Elayne Riggs at November 19, 2003 07:19 AM

That's interesting, because I really thought it was about elitism, and a second reading didn't actually change my mind. I still come away with it with the impression that he sees a lot of blogging as people trying to get attention - as a sort of popularity contest.

Posted by Anne at November 20, 2003 08:11 AM