- It’s time-consuming. The research part isn’t that bad, but writing a sound analysis takes several drafts. I’d have to drop analyses immediately once the academic year comes around again.
- If you don’t already know, I’m a student of Russia. I don’t have the RAS degree or the field experience that would qualify me to write analyses on current trends in Russian affairs. But there are many fair-minded Russia watchers, academics and journalists out there who do. Go to them. They will appreciate your patronage.
- On this blog, analysis and opinion come second to book critiques. Funny, I know, considering non-review posts currently outnumber review posts. But I began Russia Reviewed as a book-review blog, and a book-review blog it will stay.
- The internet can be a dangerous place to share one’s opinion, especially when the topic in question is Russia. It’s one thing to write book reviews/exclusively on book-related topics, but it’s another thing to write analyses of real-world events and politics. I consider my readers and commenters very mature, but there’s always the risk of encountering someone who’s thin-skinned or takes what I say the wrong way. The risk is bound to grow when I include my overt opinion. I don’t want to divide readers, crack down on trolls or police the comments if it can be avoided.