The second installment of my Red Herring blog is now up.

Someone asked me if it was really a blog, or a column. The answer is that it’s a little of both. Eventually it’ll be published through Movable Type, a venerable blog writing and publishing tool. However, it won’t have the completely unfiltered, straight-from-my-brain-to-the-screen quality that, say, this blog has. On the other hand, my editorial mandate is to do something that’s pretty loose and improvisational– that has the informality of a blog, but has some thoughtfulness and attention to craft.

Essentially, it’s the challenge that rock musicians face in the studio: it’s gotta sound totally spontaneous, like the listener has just dropped into the band’s garage on a Saturday night; but to get that sound, you’ve got to work work work.