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Michael van der Galien

E.D. Kain Reflects on Blogging

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Posted on January 6 2010 5:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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I’m not a widely published writer. In fact, I’m not really published at all except in my various self-publishing venues. (I mean to change that when I get around to it….) But I do write in various forums, and it’s remarkable to me how differently I end up writing from one place to the next. I don’t mean just the experience after the fact, either – the experience of engaging with commenters and so forth – but the actual process of writing changes between writing here at The League and elsewhere (at True/Slant or David Frum’s site or at the assorted other places I’ve guest-posted).

Here at the League when I write a post I have in mind the potential conversation that will ensue. I feel like many of the readers and commenters here know me on a somewhat personal level or at least on as personal a level as is possible online. And I ‘know’ many of the commenters. There is an understanding between us, an ongoing relationship with its incumbent expectations and history. People who have been reading me a long time know that I have flip-flopped on entirely too many issues, and many expect that I will continue to do so. I am changeable. And here at this particular venue, I feel free to explore ideas with that openness to change. I can use my weaknesses to my advantage.

More at the (undeniable moderate) League of Ordinary Gentlemen.

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