June 25, 2002


Yes, blogging’s more popular than ever. Yes, some of you are getting lots and lots of attention (even me, for a brief period).

But everyone needs to calm down, take a step back, and realize that we are all just typing words into a computer. We’re not saving the world. We’re not fighting off the Middle Eastern scum. We’re not even donning gear and protecting our families. We’re just writing. I’m sorry, it’s no more than that, whether you’re getting 30 hits per day or 30,000.

Yep. Don’t get me wrong — I love the Blogosphere, and I love writing. But that’s what it is, for better and for worse. Writing. Not even words on paper. Pixels on a screen.

UPDATE: Reader Barnaby Pape says I’m being overly reductionist: “Yep, just words. And ideas are just millions of electro-chemical reactions navigating synapses. Yep, can’t much come of those, nothin’ significant there….wonder what’s in the fridge?” Heh. But I think my meaning was clear.

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