One of the great pleasures of blogging, and in particular, of ALI blogging, is writing a post that I really have to think about. I love reading blogs too, that confront me, and make me think. I often comment along the lines of “I’ve got to think more on this” or “I may post on this myself.” As I write a comment I start formulating a view, or see more questions that need to be asked, and sometimes have to restrain myself, or simply go away and think more. The mere act of sitting at my computer (or iPad) to write stimulates me to think, helps me formulate a position or view on an issue I’ve never considered before, maybe changes my position, or shows me that I don’t know enough to have a specific position or to write knowledgeably about a particular subject.
I love the intellectual stimulus that I get simply from reading and writing blogs, and the self-discovery I’ve enjoyed as a result.