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My brush with greatness

Earlier today I had the great good fortune to converse with the delightful Michelle Malkin on a Boston talk show. I was the last caller, so I didn't get much time, but I did manage to convey salutations on behalf of myself, Kevin, and Paul and ask her what sorts of differences there were between writing for the web versus for print. After complimenting this site (thanks, Michelle!), she said that the differences were significant. First, she pointed out that on the web, she has no editor. That means she's free to choose her topics, and can continue to hammer away on a specific topic for as long as she likes. Second, there are no deadlines or specific lengths for her pieces, which is also tremendously liberating. Third, on the web one can immediately make changes and corrections, while publications can takes weeks to fix errors (if ever).

To that, I'd like to add the immediacy and intimacy of the blog atmosphere. I have to admit I get a thrill and a bit of an ego rush whenever I see a fresh comment or trackback to something I've written. I take it as a huge compliment when someone takes the time and effort to answer my work, and trackbacks even more. To all (well, nearly all) who've posted comments on or linked to my writings, thank you. I greatly appreciate them all.

Anyway, that's my story. Michelle, if you're reading this, thanks for taking my call, thanks again for the kind words about Wizbang, and I've known since his days on the McLaughlin Group that Chris Matthews is an asshole -- thanks for the reminder.

J.


Comments (4)

Cool!... (Below threshold)

Cool!

in re: Chris Matthews - you... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

in re: Chris Matthews - you got that one right.
:-)

Jay, I think you hit a coup... (Below threshold)

Jay, I think you hit a couple of important points right on the nose there. I would use different words for one of them, but it's the same idea you expressed: blogging is bidirectional. At the very least, there's room for rebuttal. At its best, it's an ongoing conversation.

A few weeks ago I wrote something fairly lengthy on the subject of stem cell research, documenting the background as I understood it from doing some reading and expressing my opinion on the status quo. It wasn't too long before somebody, someone I didn't know, posted a comment on my site with a decent rebuttal to my conclusions. You just don't get that in print. It's too hard to pull off, logistically speaking. But it's an inherent part of the blogging process.

Couldnt have said it better... (Below threshold)

Couldnt have said it better myself Buddy. Hey did you guys here about the Trucker Strike that has shut the whole freakin country down down here. Send DVD's Books and Magazines, the local shops probably wont have them for a while! LOL!




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