“My assumption, always, is that everyone knows everything I know AND MORE. Rephrase. Everyone who is interested in the kinds of thing that interest me knows everything I know AND MORE. If they're not interested they don't know but don't want to. So there's no point in mentioning things that strike me as interesting, unless a) these are events in the last, say, 5 minutes (so those disposed to be interested might not be au fait or b) I'm up for proselytizing (those not disposed to be interested might be with enough encouragement).”
See? Helen DeWitt even knows more than I do about why I am such an infrequent blogger.
I am interested in the kinds of things that interest you, and I don’t know everything you know. Even if I did, I’d still be interested in reading your take on the kinds of things that interest me. Blogging is (or should be) about providing interpretations, not reports on what happened in the last 5 minutes (let’s leave that to Twitter). That said, I’m glad you blog infrequently. I wish everyone would follow your advice and “slow down a little.”
Taken to the logical extreme, this philosophy would mean that no one would blog except those people who are certain that they know everything about everything, and who have no self-doubt.
And an Internet where the only bloggers were Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck would be so boring.