When one asks a lot of bloggers how they blog, one must be prepared for the results. Naturally, I was not. Prepared for the results, I mean. Answers to the question came in via email, via comments, via trackbacks, via posts on other sites. Gathering this material into a few posts won't be easy. Acknowledging with kind regards the work of everyone who participates will result in someone being overlooked. Yet I soldier on, creating content from other people's work, the consummate editor, hobbled by tools like a spell checker that wants to change "Google" to "Go ogle," facing deadlines, and ultimately responsible for discovering an organizational principle that will make sense of the mountain of information before me.
Thank god for adverbs. Thank god for Shelley Powers who was unafraid to use a few adverbs in describing just how she blogs. Shelley says:
Painfully. Sometimes humorously, other times insightfully, here and there technically or artistically. Too frequently boringly. Lately though, I blog painfully.
Yet her description, I think, is incomplete because she also blogs "authentically." Shelley's voice and purpose are authentic and true. Here are some other bloggers whose authenticity I find moving: