Slow Blogging

The Sunday New York Times included a story on “Slow Blogging.”  I had never heard of the term (although I am aware of the slow food movement), but I found myself agreeing with the rejection of immediacy, the thought of blogging as meditation, and the precept that not all things worth reading are written quickly. 

This approach is a deliberate smack at the popular group blogs like Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Valleywag and boing-bong, which can crank out as many as 50 items a day.  On those sites, readers flood in and advertisers sign on.  Spin and snark abound.  Earnest descriptions of the first frost of the season are nowhere to be found.

In between the slow bloggers and the rapid-fire ones, there is a vast middle, hundreds of thousands of writers who are not trying to attract advertising or buzz but do want to reach like-minded colleagues and friends.  These people have been the bedrock of the genre since its start, yet recently there has been a sea change in their output:  They are increasingly turning to slow blogging, in practice if not in name.

The blogger profiled in the Times story is Barbara Ganley, and she has a lovely post in response to her new-found fame.  As is my habit, I searched through her blog and found several wonderful pieces, including this reflective piece on the morning after the election.  If you like thoughtful writing, Vermont, beautiful photographs and more, you may want to explore bgblogging as well.

As regular readers know, More to Come…is quirky and certainly isn’t tied to either the news cycle or my professional life.  Perhaps Ms Ganley and other slow bloggers have given me a context for what I’ve called my therapy.  That gives me something to ponder.

More to come…

DJB

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