Wait, wait. So the guys at the Volokh Conspiracy (the best blog on line) are narcissists who preen themselves before the blogospheric mirror…but KipEsquire is doing what, exactly? There’s no vanity in what he does?
Blogs are inherently an exercise in vanity. They are as Walt Whitman described:
I celebrate myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul….
There’s nothing in the world wrong with that, but accusing a self-publisher of vanity is pretty much the silliest thing you can do—especially when you’re a self-publisher, too (and when most of the guys at VC have also written for legitimate publishers…).