Observing people at the supermarket, on the street, or at Mass and roughly 50 relevant emails per day lead to searching, scanning, thinking, and writing. Tutoring and listening to people help. Each blog post is edited about 10 times.
The release of anger, most of the time, is one benefit. Many of the great writers and thinkers are on my side, and they are allowed to speak in my place.
I imagine something similar is what keeps other fools fuh-functioning.