The ever-excellent Daniel Drezner offers some useful words about how he chooses blog topics. I speak only for myself, and not for Alex, but here are a few guiding principles behind my blogging choices:
1. Institutions and ideas matter more than particular leaders or candidates.
2. The blogosphere already covers Iraq, gay marriage, and the election — or whatever else is the topic of the day — to an extreme.
3. The intersection of academic learning and public policy is ripe territory.
4. The long-run impact of science on our lives is commonly underrated.
5. Personal attacks, whether on public figures or other bloggers, usually are not very interesting.
6. Some (small) percentage of the posts should be utterly idiosyncratic.
7. Most of all, I should be interested in the topic.
In reality, number seven reigns supreme.