I seem to be writing a lot of blog posts recently, and to my surprise a fair number of my friends seem to be reading them. I also have comments from people I don't know, so I must have an audience of some sort.
I've just re-read, "The Age of the Essay":
Which gave me the idea of trying to work out what I think by writing it down.
In it he says:
When I give a draft of an essay to friends, there are two things I want to know: which parts bore them, and which seem unconvincing. The boring bits can usually be fixed by cutting. But I don't try to fix the unconvincing bits by arguing more cleverly. I need to talk the matter over.
That seems like useful information to have.
Anyone can comment here, anonymously or not, and I get to delete anything I really don't like, so please don't be shy or worry about giving offence.
Which bits are boring and which bits are unconvincing?
If you know me personally, I'm happy to buy pints in return for good counter-arguments!