High Speed Blogging

At the end of a particularly comical and nonsensical video by a notable YouTuber who pilots and does ATC in the VATSIM community, someone asks permission to do some high speed blogging. It is interesting to note the way that people change their behavior upon recognizing the voice of the person doing ATC during a particularly rough stretch at St. Maarten, where a large number of people have congregated but are generally not up to anything that is reasonable or plausible anywhere apart from gaming. Flight mechanics and physics, civility, maturity, basic communication skills, and a whole lot of other things that are important in real life simply fly out the window when one is dealing with such a group of people who can be considered to be a community. In the context of all of this, one wonders what high speed blogging is and why someone would want to do it.

As someone who has blogged for decades at this point, I think it is fair to say that I am knowledgeable about blogging. During the time that I have blogged, I have blogged about a wide variety of subjects, and used blogging both as an opportunity to break up larger works into more manageable chunks as well as engage in shortform (and sometimes very longform) writing. Some blogs have taken a very long time to write over the course of days or weeks or even months, while other blogs have been written in the form of only minutes. It is hard to say which sort of blogs are better or worse, since there is a lot that can be gained both over things that are laborious and time consuming as well as things that come easily and effortlessly, and one gains different insights from both.

One of the things that can be noticed is that those things that are effortless to write are often most easily appreciated by others. There is a natural flow that comes to something that is written easily, and other people are often quick to appreciate the fluency and perhaps the lack of laboring over every small element of something that is created quickly. Editing works takes a long time, and when one does not have a quick or easy time creating something that labor and effort often shows in the way that the work itself appears. A great many works are intricate and complex, formed out of a lot of thinking and effort over a considerable length of time, and if such works are not always easily accessible they also often offer a lot of layers to appreciate to those who are willing to take the time. Often, though, we are not willing to take the time.

It was true in the late 1700s and early 1800s already, as we can note from the conversation that takes place in Pride & Prejudice between Elizabeth Bennet, Charles Bingley, and Fitzwilliam Darcy about the pride that people take in doing things rapidly even if they do not do them well, that the speed of communication was deeply prized even by those whose rapidity made it impossible for other people to understand what was being said in the first place. This is a troubling reality for many of us. Ideally, we want to do things quickly and well. We may not have much time for laboring over something before we must submit it to the critical eyes of public and private readers. Yet we often face tradeoffs between that which we aspire to do and that which we are able to accomplish. Sometimes it is only those who have labored long and hard who can appreciate the labor that others have undertaken, which is all the more reason to work hard, I suppose, in order to be better prepared to honor and appreciate the labor of others.

About nathanalbright

I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.
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