The “Why Blog” Question

As a new administration begins, it’s a good time to reflect on the past couple years blogging here at Concurring Opinions and at Madisonian. After hundreds of posts, I’m still as drawn to the medium as the day I started. I think that’s because blogging, at its best, can transpose the atmosphere of a good seminar into the broader time and space of the web. When it works, blogging lets you tell a story that can be commented on by an audience that can participate and tell stories of its own. In a series of posts, I’m going to unpack each of those ideas–the story, the comments, the audience, and the participation. I don’t expect my account to match Andrew Sullivan’s great piece Why I Blog or Dan Solove’s Why Blogging is Good. But I do hope to give some account of what I’m doing here that might draw some more people to the blogosphere–either as participants or as observers.

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