Wesley Friar quotes Steve Dembo's trouble in catching up with 90 days' worth of innovations in his Bloglines account, framing this as a new kind of digital divide. This is in addition to the very real worldwide digital divide highlighted by Andy Carvin recently. I think he's right. There is a digital divide between those who appear to have more time than others to read and write blogs. By producing a large number of posts today - I'm trying to put together a presentation for Cardiff on Thursday - I will be seen by several folk as not carrying out my main job, developing the MFLE.
Firstly, if I don't read and write posts I don't know what's going on in my own professional field. This is the main way to know - research articles have too much delay compared to the here and now of my colleagues' blog work.
And it's not about having more time to read and write, so much as this is the way I choose to work. Most people do what I do on my blog in their head. Thankfully, I type very quickly, so most of thought processes can be spun out for all to see, comment on and help me out on so that when I do speak in public or commit myself to writing something on a permanent website, like the MFLE, I know it's good.
There's a great explanation in this interview with Loic Lemeur, from Hugh Fraser (I hope it's from him - I somehow lost the URL reference). Loic talks about Michel-Edouard Leclerc, the CEO of Leclerc, the huge distribution chain, who runs a blog - as well as a company of 85,000 people. He shows that writing a blog is not about "finding the time to do it", it's all about using the time you have to think in a different way. Here's an excerpt: