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November 3rd, 2008

Why I Don't Blog

First, many thanks to all of you who have welcomed me to LJ. I only had a few minutes of tutorial from beamjockey, so it will take me a while to get the hang of this, but already I am learning how to make things work. Hey, I have been using the tubes since 1973; this has got to be easier than writing code in Tutor.

So why didn't I do this before? Those of you who know me know that I work for a Really Big Institution, and while that has never impeded me from doing the stuff I want to do, it also makes me very aware that anything I say might be taken as some sort of Official Pronouncement (talk about misunderstanding my pay grade!) or, equally foolishly, as a Radical Dissent. I'm not interested in doing either; but I know (from experience) that such misinterpretations are inevitable. So, you're not likely to see anything controversial or political on this blog.

Secondly, I love reading the internet (and blogs) because it's a great way of seeing what is being thought by people who don't necessarily have a soapbox for their ideas. But I do have such a soapbox; I've written five books -- more to the point, I have successfully talked publishers into paying me for five books. The fact that some of them have had absolutely dismal sales is also very humbling, and tells me about just how many people want to read what I have to say! But the point is not that I am afraid blogging will somehow reduce my sales (I know all the arguments to the contrary, and I agree with them). Rather, it is that I do feel I have already used up more than my share of the intellectual bandwidth, and I want to give someone else a chance.

Finally, then, why did I sign up for this thing? Mostly to keep in touch with friends -- it is an easy way to find and read their blogs. And to sort of let people know what I am up to, as well.

Oh, and it helps me avoid the work I ought to be doing, of course!



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