Blogging


Moved to Blogger.

What a very strange place the blogosphere is. Much of it seems to be about–the blogosphere! (Guilty as charged.) Sites that keep track of blogs abound, like Blogpulse and Blogdex.

Blogpulse informs me that it knows of 28,780 new blogs in the past 24 hours. I guess that makes mine an old blog, as it is more than 24 hours old.

So it turns out my impression that the blogosphere is populated by white male Americans is old news (I specialize in old news). Here’s Steven Levy’s Newsweek column from a couple of weeks ago on the subject. But the “lack” of diverse bloggers may be like the “lack” of bus riders in Los Angeles: in fact there are thousands, just nobody I know. I enter the blogosphere from some link of which I’m already aware, and move to linked blogs from there, feeling like I am cruising the entire web but I’m actually moving in tight little circles. But I’ve only been at this a couple of weeks–what’s Big Media’s excuse?

Many people who blog on law-related topics are quick and smart (and, I’m guessing, male). I am smart, but I am not quick. By the time I’m aware that an issue is “hot” it has been so thoroughly examined by all the usual suspects that there seems nothing left to say about it. And yet, as I rattle through the archives trying to catch up with what was said last week, I’m often left feeling that discussions crystalize prematurely. Issues become defined and sides are taken before some important or, at least, peculiar, facets have been allowed to emerge. My comment that might have sent the conversation in an interesting (to me) direction after the first hour or two no longer seems to have any relevance by the end of the day. Maybe I never understood what the conversation was about, but maybe I did and my failure to speak up allowed a door to be shut that would have been better left open.

So, this blog. I’ll go ahead and comment, secure in the knowledge that no one will hear me.