The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 March 2003

Ne plus ultra

Sooner or later, someone always asks: "So who's the best actual writer with a blog?"

Easy enough. I point to James Lileks, and quickly comes the demurral: "But he's, like, a professional."

In that case, the question becomes: "Who's the best writer with a blog who also has a non-writing day job?"

Still easy enough. This time I point to Bill Whittle.

It's an honor to be on the same continent as these guys.

Posted at 12:00 PM to Blogorrhea

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So, does being a professional somehow not make you a "real" writer? I know the average person has a warped idea about the value of scribes, but this is ridiculous... I guess we're in the same boat as all the allegedly overpaid pro athletes: we should all refuse paychecks and play simply for the love of the game. :)

Posted by: CT at 4:34 PM on 30 March 2003

We revere amateurs to the extent that we become idiotic about the concept — cf. almost any NCAA rule.

Then there's Samuel Johnson's rule: "Nobody but a fool ever wrote for money."

The truth, I suspect, lies somewhere in between.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:07 PM on 30 March 2003

You're right. Bill Whittle is great. I've been meaning to add him to my blogroll for some time now. I just did it. Thanks for reminding me ...

Posted by: Vicky at 4:46 PM on 31 March 2003