Deadblogging and Liveblogging

I propose an alternative to liveblogging – deadblogging.

Where liveblogging is blogging about something as it’s happening, and posting continuously, and having the primary value of your posts be their immediacy, deadblogging is blogging about something that you’ve had a lot of time to think about, and posting discretely and rarely, and the primary value of your posts is their longevity.

I think there’s a lot of value in writing early and often, but I think that every writer should have a prominent place where they host their best, most long-lasting and impactful pieces. Blogging can be journalism, and it can be a journal, but I think when it’s at its best, it’s short or long essays that can withstand the test of time and make a difference in the lives of many people.

Of course, you don’t get to that position by not writing — you get there by writing often, and thinking about writing, and thinking about the situations you’re in as situations common to many people. And all of that comes with writing constantly. And to write constantly, you need to blog continuously.

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