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Can't Stop Blogging

Not sure I love blogging. Have had numerous moments of blogger neurosis. This morning worried about disappearance of blog from home page. When that got fixed quite nicely (it's in the online columns section), I had a flash of compulsive bloggeritis, this feeling that I needed to hurry up and blog again, that I indeed I was late -- late! -- on the blog, as though this was just another thing for which I should feel chronically behind. This is the wrong attitude. Blogging should be whimsical. If the neurosis continues my superiors in the print part of the business will order an extraction from the blogosphere.

Also there is my concern, which first surfaced yesterday, that this blog isn't really about anything, is scatterbrained, and like many blogs is just an exercise in unrestrained egomania. That bothers me. My motto is: Egomania In Moderation.

But here's a headline: Andrew Sullivan is a golden god. Not only has he given Achenblog a link (our first!) but he says that this here Achenthang could be "the beginning of a merger between smart old media and new media methods." Isn't that cool. Though it seems like a lot of responsibility. Not even sure what it means. Maybe that the new media methods (fast! furious!) will be combined with traditional journalistic habits (taking notes, wearing out the shoe leather, long lunches with sources who are not only "anonymous" but are literally wearing masks).

Meanwhile Von Drehle mails this in: "Thank you for the excellent and memorable Von Drehle Rule (The Bigger the Idea, the Shorter the Sentence). Now maybe someone can explain all those 30- and 40-word sentences in the magazine piece you linked to."

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 19, 2005; 4:37 PM ET
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