Andrew Michael Sullivan (born 10 August 1963) is a British-American author, editor, and political commentator.
He is considered the pioneer of web journalism (weblogging), having been one of the first journalists to open his own personal blog, The Daily Dish, in 2000.

Fifteen years later he decided to stop blogging because, as he said, he thought he had to move on to new things, before burning out.time
He felt imprisoned in digital life and wanted to return to the actual world, where people can have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged, they can read and write books and spend some real time with family and friends, those friends he had abandoned because he was always tied to his blog,In addition, he did not want his partner to feel like he was a ‘blog-widow” any longer.
The non-stop blogging lifestyle, those fifteen years of daily, hourly, always-on-deadline stress were almost killing him.

The proximity of a blogger and a reader is palpable, they are “not just connected but linked in a visceral, personal way. The only term that really describes this is friendship….These friends are an integral part of the blog itself—sources of solace, company, provocation, hurt, and correction.”

“Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.”

Andrew Michael Sullivan (nato il 10 agosto 1963) è un autore, editore e commentatore politico britannico-americano.
È considerato il pioniere del giornalismo in rete (weblogging) essendo stato uno dei primi giornalisti ad aprire il proprio blog personale, The Daily Dish, nel 2000.

Quindici anni dopo decise di smettere perché, come disse, pensava di dover passare a cose nuove, prima di esaurirsi,
Si sentiva imprigionato nella vita digitale e voleva tornare nel mondo reale, dove le persone possono avere un’idea e lasciarla lentamente prendere forma, senza doverla postare istantaneamente, possono leggere e scrivere libri e trascorrere del tempo reale con la famiglia e gli amici, quegli amici che aveva abbandonato perché era sempre legato al suo blog, Inoltre non voleva più che il suo compagno si sentisse una ‘vedova del blog’.
Lo stile di vita non stop del blog, quei quindici anni di stress quotidiano, e sempre con i minuti contati lo stavano quasi uccidendo.

La vicinanza tra blogger e lettore è palpabile, sono “non solo connessi ma legati in modo viscerale, personale. L’unico termine che lo descrive davvero è amicizia… Questi amici sono parte integrante del blog stesso: fonti di conforto, compagnia, provocazione, sofferenza e rettifica.”

Bloggare sta allo scrivere come gli sport estremi stanno all’atletica: più liberi e improvvisati, più inclini agli incidenti, meno formali, più vivi. È, in molti modi, come scrivere ad alta voce”.

87 thoughts on “Blogging

  1. What he writes is true. I hope that this does not mean that you are planning to quit blogging anytime soon. Take a break if you need to, but we would certainly miss you in the blogosphere. How long have you been blogging?

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    1. No, I’ m not going to quit blogging also because here I have met people with whom I feel there is a fantastic connection : my friendship with you, for example, is not just a pure abstraction. But maybe virtual reality is taking over the real world for me too. In this bad pandemic period it has been and still is a great help, but as soon as we get out of it, I’ll start spending more time in the real world: meeting friends, going to conferences, theaters, presentations.
      By the way, I’ve been blogging for seven years now 💕

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  2. E’ Indubbio che tra blogger e lettore (a sua volta blogger) si instaura spesso un rapporto di condivisione che può sfociare in concreta amicizia ma anche qui dipende dal perché si blogga e cosa si voglia comunicare.
    Lascerei il paragone sportivo il blog può essere piu libero, certo.
    Ciao Lu’ cara buon pomeriggio 🦋💚

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    1. Grazie Shera carissima: anch’io sono dell’idea che con alcuni dei blogger che si frequentano nascono delle amicizie non meno reali di quelle che si hanno con chi si frequenta di persona🦋💖🦋


  3. I agree in his statement that ideas need time to take shape. Perhaps the greatest challenge to serious bloggers is to exchange ideas rather than mere information with their readers. And that takes time.

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  4. C9ncordo pienamente con gli ultimi due paragrafi dell’articolo: è un mondo splendido personalmente me ne sono innamorata. Grazie Luisa dell’articolo 😘

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  5. It is indeed writing out loud 👍 And I totally agree with him, sometimes you just have to take the time you need away from technology and take time to reflect on yourself and spend time with family and friends.

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  6. I often wondered who started the blog craze. I am astonished that he quit blogging because the deadlines, the topics, the frequency is all up to the blogger. It doesn’t have to be stressful. I like his quote about writing out loud.

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  7. Andrew Sullivan has just published another book, Luisa. I don’t know whether you heard news of this. It is called ‘Out on a Limb’ and it follows his tracks through his blogs and other writings across 32 years.

    He is much admired because it is believed that he did more than anyone to lay down the philosophical and political groundwork for the successful campaign for the marriage of gays.

    He is reviled, equally, by some for allowing the racist ideology of blacks-are-genetically-inferior to be published in the magazine The New Republic when he was its editor.

    He is an admirable because, in this book, he asks forgiveness for this. In his words “not as a writer, where good faith and honesty alone matter, but as a friend and human being, where empathy counts.”

    He is in that small group who risks his reputation for what he considers good faith and honesty and is honest enough to understand that this will cost him and that sometimes he needs to say that he was wrong.

    We are so predictably polarized now that we are looking at Andrew Sullivan as though he were a miracle. A miracle he himself created of himself.

    Thanks for reminding me of him. Sarah

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  8. Mah, vista la parabola discendente dei “nostri” amatissimi blog, forse il pericolo della dipendenza mi pare poco reale, almeno nel nostro caso. Semmai la dipendenza, quella sì patologica, è quella che subiscono i vari maniaci delle piattaforme social, l’orrido Facebook in testa.

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  9. Louisa, I feel this close friendship with you and I guess it is the spirit of the person that is carried through
    the words. And the thoughtfulness. Quoting your paragraph :
    “ The proximity of a blogger and a reader is palpable, they are “not just connected but linked in a visceral, personal way. The only term that really describes this is friendship….These friends are an integral part of the blog itself—sources of solace, company, provocation, hurt, and correction.”

    Andrew Mitchell was a full time blogger and that can be hard on family and friends around you.
    I am currently a lazy blogger but hope to be a little more active soon.

    You keep writing, dear Luisa, you have a lot to give.


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    1. Dearest Miriam,
      I too feel your closeness. It is palpable as if we met in the real world and and there was no ocean between us,
      This is the gift that WordPress gave me: meeting beautiful people like you
      Lots of love

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  10. Much truth here. I have come to care for some bloggers so much that I care about what happens to them and their families. As for the bloggers who have died? I mourned the passing of these friends and still remember them fondly. Thanks for sharing this post.

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  11. No doubt he sees his words as the truth in his world, but not everyone will see the world through his eyes. You have to be truthful to yourself and that can be different for different people 🙂

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