Blogging Insights — Extreme Writing

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from author, editor, and blogger Andrew Sullivan.

Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.

I don’t know that I’d go so far as to equate blogging with extreme sports. But I agree that blogging is free-form, can be accident-prone, and is, relatively speaking, informal.

It is said that writing a book can be a lonely occupation, whereas many of us bloggers persist because of the interactions we have with other bloggers. So I also agree that blogging, in that sense, is more alive than traditional writing. And since I have a tendency to read my posts aloud before hitting “publish,” I suppose “writing out loud” fits, in my case, anyway.

But when it comes to claiming that blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics, I have to ask this: how many extreme sports athletes can perform their remarkable feats while lying in bed and tapping away with their index finger on their smartphone’s virtual keypad, as I am doing right now while composing this post?

4 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Extreme Writing

  1. Fandango May 23, 2022 / 2:11 pm

    Thanks, Tanya. It was an interest quote today.


  2. leigha66 May 24, 2022 / 7:06 pm

    I too am unsure of the “extreme” part of the sports comparison, but writing out loud is certainly the truth!

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