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gibson ending his weblog

According to Karlin, William Gibson is ending his weblog. His reasons:

"I do know from doing it that it's not something I can do when I'm actually working. Somehow the ecology of writing novels wouldn’t be able to exist if I'm in daily contact. The watched pot never boils." He adds: "I have to go do whatever it is I do, to find the next novel. Writing novels is pretty solitary, and blogging is very social."
I couldn't agree more. I have found that when I'm writing (and deep into code as well--but coding+blogging is easier to manage) I always blog less. However, I think that he is a bit mistaken about what a blog has to be. His blog entries are excellent, they read like short stories. There doesn't seem to be a big difference between his "writing" mode and his "blogging" mode, which is probably quite draining for him. I sort of automatically distance myself from the blog when I'm writing--maybe not ideal, but it's not as if I really control it. The entries become sparser, less... err.. "full of life", they dim down. The blog doesn't end--it just changes tone/direction for a bit. The energy is going elsewhere. I think that this happens to everyone who blogs with different degrees: sometimes the blog slows down a bit, or becomes less inspired, and sometimes you're firing on all cylinders. Like in life. :)

Posted by diego on April 27 2003 at 1:20 AM

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