Well, Paul Lisicky, now you’ve done it.
You told a story I can’t get out of my mind, and now I’ve started this blog.
I can envision that elderly writer you described, the one who told of her foray into blogging, the first time she clicked the “publish” button, her rebellious smile as she felt herself freed from the traditional gatekeepers.
Then you proceeded to reframe my notion of what a blog can be: a place to think, to test ideas, to experiment, to find a voice and to interact with readers, known and unknown.
By the end of your essay on the why of the blog — delivered at the AWP conference last week in Chicago — the only question I had left was “why not?”