Blogging is weird. It’s like having a sidewalk soapbox, except that the people walking by are invisible. Which means that I can neither hear their applause nor see their eye-rolls. Worse, I can’t be sure they realize that whatever I’m doing here, I’m definitely not pontificating.

As David Foster Wallace puts it in Consider the Lobster:

I am concerned not to come off as shrill or preachy when what I really am is confused.