Mark Andreessen has a nice post about why Franklin would have made a good blogger. (I've long argued that Tom Paine certainly would be blogging at therightsofman.com, but never considered Ben.) You'll enjoy some of the sample Franklin prose he offers in support. Here's a taste:
[Concerned that the British did not fully understand the potential consequences of further alienating the American colonies, Franklin] published a parable in January 1770 about a young lion cub and a large English dog traveling together on a ship.
The dog picked on the lion cub and "frequently took its food by force."
But the lion grew and eventually became stronger than the dog.
One day, in response to all the insults, it smashed the dog with "a stunning blow," leaving the dog "regretting that he had not rather secured its friendship than provoked its enmity."