Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Fielding's Advice to Bloggers #2

Here, in his second installment, Fielding explains why he refrained from blogging when nothing was happening.

We intend ... rather to pursue the method of those writers, who profess to disclose the revolutions of countries, than to imitate the painful and voluminous historian, who, to preserve the regularity of his series, thinks himself obliged to fill up as much paper with the detail of months and years in which nothing remarkable happened, as he employs upon those notable æras when the greatest scenes have been transacted on the human stage.

Such histories as these do, in reality, very much resemble a newspaper, which consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not. They may likewise be compared to a stage coach, which performs constantly the same course, empty as well as full. The writer, indeed, seems to think himself obliged to keep even pace with time, whose amanuensis he is; and, like his master, travels as slowly through centuries of monkish dulness, when the world seems to have been asleep...

Now it is our purpose, in the ensuring pages, to pursue a contrary method. When any extraordinary scene presents itself (as we trust will often be the case), we shall spare no pains nor paper to open it at large to our reader; but if whole years should pass without producing anything worthy his notice, we shall not be afraid of a chasm in our history; but shall hasten on to matters of consequence, and leave such periods of time totally unobserved.

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At 10:19 AM, Blogger Santanu said...

If we follow Fielding's advice, blogspot would surely be put out of business. However, on the brighter side, we wouldn't have to browse through so many irrelevant pieces of teenage musings to reach these rare readable pages!


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