“I think all writing is a disease. You can't stop it.” ~William Carlos Williams

Our Cluttered Mind, Jonah Lehrer's review (NYTimes 5-27-10) of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, who wrote Is Google Making Us Stupid? for The Atlantic (July/​August 2008).

"And sure, in a perfect world, I'd love to be getting paid for this post. But I have my own agenda and I'm willing to do it for the valuable exposure I get. The HuffPo is full of contributors just like me. Authors write pieces to promote the sale of more books. Consultants opine to grow their franchises. Politicians mount their soapbox because they know their constituents are there. Even starfuckers show up with the hope of having their piece sit next to Alec Baldwin's. We all have own raison d'être for being there. Arianna has assembled the Web's best cocktail party and seemingly everybody wants to be on the list."
~ Raymond Leon Roker, In Defense of FREE: Why I Don't Care That Arianna Doesn't Pay Me

“Blogging isn’t a particularly good training for writing. There’s too much voice, in a way. It’s like Colbert’s truthiness: There’s too much ‘voiciness,’ and not enough fact.”
~ Tina Brown, quoted in New York magazine article by Vanessa Grigoriadis. Tina Brown's blog is The Daily Beast (news reporting and opinion)

"Never get into an argument with people who buy ink by the barrel."
~ Satchel Paige

"How can I know what I think until I see what I say?"
~ E.M. Forster

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Chris Garrett's blog advice may be helpful, including these entries: How to Build a Useful Site, How to Get More Value from Your Site, How to Get the Right Attention, and a blog critique.

Is BlogHer Still Relevant? (Hannah Seligson, Forbes.com, 2-19-10). The premier women's blog platform is celebrating its fifth year, but are readers and advertisers still interested? BlogHer (Life well said) has posted video from the 10 general sessions of its BlogHer 2010 conference

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Here, on Baseline Scenario, is "a good example of how a blog can be light years better than any traditional media," wrote Anita Bartholomew in a recent e-mail. "James Kwak wrote a post in which he responded to New Yorker economist/​writer James Surowiecki's criticism of an earlier post. If you're at all interested in the financial meltdown, the TARP, stress tests, et al., this is a post/​comment thread not to be missed because you're watching two top economic minds hash out the most important economics issue of the moment (and possibly, our lifetimes)."

***The Baseline Scenario (what happened to the global economy and what we can do about it)

Dark Roasted Blend (Ari Avrams Thrilling Wonder site, full of interesting oddities)--see Environmental Graffiti's interview with Ari Avrams, and Elite Blogger's interview.

ProPublica (Journalism in the public interest)

Sustainable Gardening (Susan Harris, with good links on gardening)

Talking Points Memo (TPM, news and commentary on political events from political left, by Joshua Micah Marshall)

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Technorati blog director (links to 100 most popular blogs)

Time Goes By (what it's really like to get older), including the TGB blog The Elder Storytelling Place

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading (Technology, Entertainment, Design) -- interactive website with videos of talks, thoughts, performances of the world's thinkers and doers who gather at the invitation-only TED conference to find inspiration)

Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs (BestCollegesOnline.com)

WikiLeaks, a multi-jurisdictional public service designed to protect whistleblowers, journalists and activists who have sensitive materials to communicate.

Women in Crime Ink. A crew of women (journalists, true-crime authors, novelists, lawyers, investigators) (and guest males?) explore crime, the justice system, and related topics.

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