AN INTERVIEW WITH OVERLAWYERED'S WALTER OLSON . . . Walter Olson of Overlawyered is interviewed at Bloggasm, where he discusses many topics, including how writing a weblog differs from writing a book--
Blogging provides not only instant gratification, but also an immediate knowledge that your efforts have not been wasted. In book writing, it’s not uncommon to spend weeks or even months on blind alleys and on sections that never make the final cut; the finished book needs to have a certain “shape” and you can’t foresee going into the project exactly which ideas will work and be necessary in advancing the argument and which won’t. Books are analogous to architecture — one plants a concept in Chapter 2 that will prove important in Chapter 10 — while blogging is more like paddling along a whitewater stream, where the scenery changes constantly and you try to keep your passengers from falling overboard.
When asked to recommend five weblogs to supplement the reading of Overlawyered, Olson mentioned Point of Law, the Volokh Conspiracy, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, KevinMD . . . and Legal Underground. That's some good company--I'm grateful for the mention!