Over at the Harry's Place blog they picked up the issue raised by Stephen Howe's review concerning the issue of whether bloggers can write (good books):
It starts with some very interesting observations from stalwart David T: "The secret of successful blogging is to develop a personal, sometimes confessional relationship with your readers. We interact, and react to each other, and to the facts and political moods, as they shift. Reading a book is essentially a solitary occupation. Blogging is communal". He also adds this: "There’s another, often forgotten golden rule of blogging. Don’t blather on for too long." Well said David. But that's not the end of the fun. There are 97 comments, displaying the full range of internet discussion styles - from flatulantly ad hominem ("Howe is a stopper who has exchanged his balaclava for birkenstocks and is angling for an editorial position at the Independent") to amusingly piquant ("Most bloggers can write. But in an awful lot of cases, they really shouldn’t.").
Well worth a visit, and greetings to our saucy friends at HP.