Their was one topic in particular that fashioned their writings and that was the topic of love.
Love was portrayed as being good and bad throughout the writings.
After finishing his degree at Oxford, he was sent on a grand tour of the continent at government expense, and would go on to be a member of Parliament (he was essentially given a seat there; he did not have to campaign) and a cabinet minister. This journal, which was published three times a week, was something new and innovative.
Rather than focusing on the news, it offered essays on a variety of topics: theater reviews, essays on clothing and manners, and so on.
He almost certainly faced his share of the prejudice against Irish people that many English people harbored for centuries.
After his time at Oxford (which he left without completing a degree), Steele went into the army, and did well, rising to become a captain.
It was fast-paced, entertaining, and in an age when much print publication was bitterly political, was non-partisan.
Both journals were widely read in their first publication, and perhaps even more so over the course of the next two centuries when they were collected together and bound up as book-length volumes.
During the early part of the 1700's Joseph Addison, the Tatler and Sir Richard Steele, the Spectator, came together to write "The Tatler and the Spectator".
Through their hardships of life they came about understanding what others were feeling and the actions that they took.