She replied this morning that she had been too busy to read them and asked for a personal update.
I complied, prefacing my account by saying that, "the strange thing about blogs -- maybe it isn't so strange -- is that, once you've written about something in that capacity, it's hard to write about it again. It's a bit like exorcism."
At some point, I will probably write something "official" about blogging. As a prelude to that exercise, I've been giving a lot of thought to two interrelated aspects of the blogging phenomenon:
A) the way in which blogs coerce a certain kind of response from their readers; and
B) the resistance that certain readers of blogs -- who often declare that they aren't blog readers -- exhibit in the face of that coercion.
How's this for a title: "The Resistance to Blogging."
My provisional theory is that blogs complicate our sense of what constitutes an obligation.
Can a burden you exorcise by writing be transformed into a gift for others?