August 8, 2007

Isn't That 72 In Blog Years?

Glenn Reynolds, one of the true pioneers in the blogosphere, celebrates the 6th anniversary of Instapundit today. Glenn launched this indispensable site just five weeks before 9/11, which puts his enormous influence today in an amazing context. He's made himself almost into a public utility in the blogosphere, which I'm almost certain may be more of a curse than a blessing for Glenn.

HIs success inspired many of us to follow. Early in my blogging career, I struggled to find my own style, and someone suggested that I emulate Glenn. (If you go back to my first month of blogging, you'll see this pretty clearly.) In a very short period, I learned the error of that approach, and it reminds me of a scene from one of my favorite movies, Rudy. Robert Prosky, playing Father Cavanaugh, says, "Son, in 35 years of religious study, I have only come up with two hard incontrovertible facts: there is a God, and I'm not Him."

In the blogosphere, there are two hard incontrovertible facts: there is an Instapundit, and only Glenn Reynolds is it. Congratulations, Glenn.

UPDATE: Did Glenn use steroids? I don't think so; if anything, he's slimmed down, not bulked up, since his launch. No asterisk for Instapundit!


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Comments (6)

Posted by bulbasaur | August 8, 2007 9:43 AM

Sorry Captain, I just never understood the appeal of instapundit.

I don't want a link-server with one word comments like "Heh."

Or "can someone recommend a digital camera?"

I like to read text, analysis, and well-written prose. Your blog exhibits real talent, and extraordinarily good writing. It's nice of you to acknowledge instapundit, but he doesn't seem to contribute anything from the reader's point of view. Maybe his significance is better seen by insiders?

Posted by FedUp | August 8, 2007 10:14 AM

Capt.... I stumbled on this site by accident and I'm glad to have found it.

'To thine ownself, be true'. Keep up the good work!

Posted by acm | August 8, 2007 10:18 AM

Sorry Captain, I just never understood the appeal of instapundit.

I don't want a link-server with one word comments like "Heh."

I'm glad someone agrees! Glenn's on my RSS reader but they may as well not be a human at the keyboard.

Maybe I'm naive for underestimating the potential power of an Army of Heh's.

Posted by Duke DeLand | August 8, 2007 10:52 AM

Captain and Glenn are apples and oranges....

I cover both constantly.

Ed provides much in-depth analysis and finds sources related to specific topics.

Glenn's forte is covering a VAST territory of the blogosphere, providing us already-reviewed interesting and challenging items. How he manages to see so much in the blogosphere amazes me.

In Ed's case I read for complete coverage... In Glenn's for leads to lots of interesting things. If he has a story lead I don't care about...I simply skip the article.

BOTH provide a wide-ranging and interesting look at our times, our lives and much more.


Posted by rvastar | August 8, 2007 4:08 PM

What Duke said.

Posted by Ray | August 8, 2007 7:53 PM

"What Duke said."

Ditto. Heh.

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