Over on Mike Banks’ blog The REAL Writing Life, I came across an excerpt from an interview he did with Chris Anderson, editor of Wired and author of the paradigm-rocking The Long Tail. Chris was talking about how much time he spends blogging daily, which transformed into a commentary on why he blogs:
Basically I devote an hour a day to blogging-related functions. That is, either writing posts, or editing other people’s posts, composing drafts, or thinking about or pulling together research that will go into drafts. I wish it were three hours a day. I’d love to spend more time. It’s a really satisfying process. I think I do my best thinking via my blogs. Because that is really what a blog is about: a blog is a scratch-pad, and a discipline to collect your thoughts, compose your thoughts, advance your thoughts, and do it in public in a way that can amplify your thoughts by not only reaching an audience, but also getting feedback on your thoughts. Blogging for me is really largely a way to make myself smarter.