My article "Linked out: blogging, equality, and the future" is now live at Mindjack. Here is a passage:April 19 , 2004 | As I write this, another journalist is explaining what a blog is for the first time. Quite possibly, they are describing blogging as a trend created by actor Wil Wheaton. Most likely, they're announcing how blogs have just "hit" the mainstream. Blogging authority Rebecca Blood has named this repetitive rediscovery of blogging "Blood's Law of Weblog History." According to Blood, "the year you discovered weblogs and/or started your own is 'The Year Blogs Exploded'."
There's no limit to the number of embedded <blockquote>s you can put in. . . never mind. This bit pulled my attention:
[Clay] Shirky also argues that "there is no real A-list". Yet anyone who has spent even a small amount of time blogging knows that there are handful of bloggers who are so A-list their names are synonymous with the form itself (Clay Shirky, for example).
"Cliquish preferences" play a very large role in creating and reinforcing blogging status. This influence determines by and large who we read and link to and what information is most heavily circulated. "People link to people like them," says Danah Boyd. Famous bloggers link to each other, blog about each other, speak at many of the same conferences, and endorse each others books.
Links added here and there.
And there's a quote from S-Train, which you should read the actual article to see, in context, since we all know that cherry-picking bits of linked material can (hell, does, intentionally or not) alter the meaning of. . .
Clearly, shouldn't be listening to that while trying to write entries. Apologies in advance for multiple pings, as I find errors and correct 'em.
And I'd meant to put in something about how I've, apparently, been defining A-List wrong all this time (except I'm not sure how I was defining it. . .), or tying this into the Online Diarist/Blogger distinction, something else I'm slightly unclear on, but ain't even sure where to start with all that. . .