…you need a spotter.
I mean, you can’t be a writer on your own. Sure, guys like John Gruber do it, but I don’t think John Gruber is very interesting either. Gruber started at the right time and got huge. Most of his content are links to other people’s stuff and maybe a sentence or two. I don’t consider Daring Fireball required reading. It lives in Fever as a spark, not kindling.
By a spotter , I mean you need someone to watch you to make sure you’re being authentic. Sure, an audience might be able to do this, but if your audience criticizes you, you might not take it as seriously as your spotter does. I guess this would be an editor, or even informally, a writing partner. I had a co-writer like this before who was really good at keeping me in check. I had a tendency to go on tirades in my writing, and he made sure I was justified in my tirades. If I went on an unjustified tirade, he would let me know I was going off the deep end and he would get my ass back in line. I miss that. I think I’m afraid to go nuts with my writing the way I used to, because I don’t have a mirror to tell me if I’m being too crazy.