In a post from the dim dark past (June 28, 2003) Chris Sheil wrote
Although Iâm only very new to this medium, it is obvious that the dynamism of blogosphere is incredible. Most blog-hosts seem to feel a need to add at least one fresh post to their site each day to retain their readership. If the issue upon which they post is hot, comments will come a-flying, links will come a-pinging and, before you know it, the debate will become a control freakâs nightmare. In the case of a hot issue, it is simply not possible to have an influence at every point where the matter begins breaking. The difficulty of contributing is then compounded by the press of fresh posts, which usually means comment windows close in a day or three or four, as the posts slip into the archives.
I’ve been frustrated by this, especially as I’m finding that time pressure (aka having a life) is slowing down my responses and my posting more generally. So I’m going to try a new approach, for a while, of which this post is an instance, responding to news stories and other blogs on a scale of weeks rather than hours. Perhaps this will produce more considered responses, perhaps not.
In another attempt to reduce pressure for immediacy, I removed my hit counter when I shifted to MT. On the other hand, I now get email alerts of new comments, so I don’t know how much this has done to reduce the compulsive aspect of blogging.