A reporter can wait—must wait—until every source has confirmed.A novelist can spend months or years before committing words to the world. Blogging is therefore to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. You end up writing about yourself, since you are a relatively fixed point in this constant interaction with the ideas and facts of the exterior world.They amended for hindsight, for the ways in which human beings order and tidy and construct the story of their lives as they look back on them.Logs require a letting-go of narrative because they do not allow for a knowledge of the ending.
Anyone who has blogged his thoughts for an extended time will recognize this world.
As a ship’s voyage progressed, the course came to be marked down in a book that was called a log.
In journeys at sea that took place before radio or radar or satellites or sonar, these logs were an indispensable source for recording what actually happened.
But a blog is not so much daily writing as hourly writing.
And with that level of timeliness, the provisionality of every word is even more pressing—and the risk of error or the thrill of prescience that much greater.