Bloggers and Modern Essayists

💬 Aaron Davis notes, apropos of E. B. White’s The Essayist, that he:

Wonder[s] how the ‘blogger’ differs from this or are they the modern essayists?

I’ve long maintained that Montaigne and others were proto bloggers, and there is a group of offline essayists out there to match every form from macro to micro. That said, I’d say the mantle has been duplicated and shared rather than made an inheritance; the essay is a thriving concern offline!