A Note Regarding Format
As readers may have observed, my style of writing here and at other places has changed a lot over the last three years. Most of the ways I’ve learned to write privileged a “neutral” tone and prose style, or at the very minimum a third-person argumentative format.
That made a lot of sense when I was mostly firing missives into the digital ether, and my commenters were the most immediate source of feedback. But it seems kind of silly to do it when most of the people cited in these blogs are people I correspond with on Twitter or (in the case of Dan Trombly and others) hang out with in person here in the DC area.
Hence I seem to have settled on a comfort zone with a mixture of op-ed style writing, the odd biographical anecdote (or extended anecdote of value), alternations between bluntness and subtlety, academic writing, colloquial language, and a general first person style that I seem to have unconsciously copied from memoirs.
My spelling mistakes and grammatical tics are obvious, but if I did anything more than a once over I probably would not have energy to blog to begin with. Much of the blogging is done in between various things, or collected from scraps of notes taken over long periods of time. As a blogger at Abu M, I tried to aim for shorter, but sometimes I feel that the only way to satisfy a certain itch I feel is to go long. When I blog for others (at Zenpundit or Fair Jilt I split these longer posts up), but here it feels better to get it all out.