I’m not about to turn myself into a pundit. I have no interest in turning myself into an opinionated commentator on the world’s news. I won’t be able to resist doing it from time to time, of course, so it won’t be the thrust of the blog at all.

(Aside: just a though on the “blogs as journalism” argument. In many ways, journalists have made this argument possible. The growth of the ego-driven personal opinion column in magazines and newspapers over the last decade has made it an accepted form of journalism. What are blogs, but an electronic form of those? Certainly few blogs can claim the rigour of most investigative journalists, and precious view the form of a features writer like myself. But the opinion columnist? That’s a blogger alright.)