When bloggers say that they don’t have the time or space to go into detail on some point that they’re attempting to make, what they really mean is that they just don’t want to. Allow me to argue from the particular to the general for a moment.
Four times, by my count, I have used the phrase “space prohibits me” in book reviews (here, here, here, & here) on this blog. Now the reality of the matter is that “space” didn’t prohibit me from anything. It’s not like I was publishing any of these reviews in a journal and had word limits. This is the internet folks; it ain’t running out of space! The fact of the matter is that I could have said more had I wanted to; I just didn’t want to.
I don’t know how often I’ve said that I “don’t have the time” to make some particular point or another, but I’m willing to bet I’ve said it. The reality is that I have all the time I’d like. This is my blog and I’m under no deadlines to post. I hit “publish” when I want to hit publish. Sometimes I want to hit it without elaborating on some point that I deem important. In those cases I’m really just being lazy.
And so it is with all bloggers. I’m not alone and the honest among us will admit that. You could make your point in as detailed a fashion as you’d like and you know it. Time and space aren’t the problems—you are—just as I am. I’d love to elaborate on this a bit more but time and space prohibit me from doing so (i.e., I don’t feel like it). Maybe some other time (not really, but hold out hope just in case).