Blogging and an Intellectual Bottom Line

Tyler Cowen, in a post titled Blogging as self-experimentation, notes:

Blogging makes us more oriented toward an intellectual bottom line, more interested in the directly empirical, more tolerant of human differences, more analytical in the course of daily life, more interested in people who are interesting, and less patient with Continental philosophy.

Yeah! Three other effects for me:

1. It’s made me participate in more public conversations. When formerly private conversations go public, the quality increases.

2. Knowing you’re going to blog an experience changes the experience itself; as you live it, you think about it in the context of how you’ll describe it to others.

3. The transparency of personal blogs keeps you on your toes. To quote myself:

Auto-pilot is lazy. I try to avoid it, but since most strangers ask me the same 5 questions it’s seductively easy to slip into. Except when that person’s been reading my blog. They know my one-liners. They know my interests. They know when I’m bullshitting…Transparency forces me to really focus to what someone’s saying and to construct new ideas based on what I take in, instead of reverting to my theories of yesterday.

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