The Blog Fairy and What I've Learned So Far
It has been only three days since my first official blog -- I can almost remember it like it was yesterday. But it is not too early to offer a few bits of feedback to you after reading so much of your feedback to me. Remember, this is from someone who until very recently didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the nitty-gritty details of blogging.
First, just because I have the honor of writing a blog for a major news outlet doesn't mean I have to be dogmatic, or doctrinal, or otherwise fit into some legal or political box. If I do my job right, those of you who agree with me on one day with disagree with me on the next. I will not always bash the President or praise his critics. Or vice versa. And I certainly hope to surprise you from time to time with my takes on legal issues -- if I didn't we'd get bored together, right?
Second, I am not Richard Cohen and don't quite understand why he seems to have revved some of you up as much as he has. We are not related. We have never met. He probably makes a lot more money than I do and he presumably lives in Washington. I do not. I read his column whenever I can, however, and I usually enjoy it-- whether I agree with him or not. I thought for a while that he was married to Meredith Viera, which impressed me greatly, but I just learned that another Richard Cohen has that honor. Go figure. Also, I am not Adam Cohen. I have also been called Aaron Cohen before on the radio, for those of you scoring at home, but I have no idea who he is.
Third, I applaud you all for the passion you express in your responses to my posts and to one another. I think it is great that my blog, and other blogs, give you guys a venue to voice your views about the major issues of the day. I find it fascinating when you argue with one another over the issues raised by my pieces and sometimes -- please forgive me -- I find your exchanges hilarious. The whole thing reminds me of the Saturday Night Live character who used to say: "talk amongst yourselves."
Fourth, I am learning about how the timing of the posts affect your reaction to them. For example, Thursday morning, I decided to do something "light" early -- the piece about the guy suing the Angels -- instead of doing something "heavy" like the NSA story, which I wrote about in three separate, subsequent posts. I chose the Angels' story because I want to mix up the content of Bench Conference so that it doesn't always focus on dense, technical legal stories. In retrospect, I probably should have started the day with the NSA piece and then, perhaps, done the baseball story later.
Fifth, the technical side of this stuff is a bit daunting and so I both appreciate your patience with me and also thank you for correcting the errors in spelling and linking that we've seen the past few days. As my bosses at the Post know, I am getting better, not worse, and soon will be able to handle things more smoothly. A few months ago, I believed in the Blog Fairy, who would magically turn my prose into blog-ready text. Now I know that doesn't actually happen.
Have a great weekend. Talk to you on Monday, when I'll have posted an online column previewing closing arguments in the Enron trial.
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