I know I’m part of the problem and all, but I do find it a little exasperating the way that weblogs seem to err towards the opposite of what they set out to be (individualistic, off-beat, drawing readers’ attention to stuff they would otherwise not know about). Just look at blogdex. Obviously an index of the most referred-to stories in weblogs will highlight the lowest common denominator. But it’s interesting how the subject matters have changed. When blogdex was launched, the most popular stories on weblogs tended to be amusing or controversial. Nowadays, it’s almost always stories about blogging. And the mainstream media’s fetishising of the subject doesn’t help.
(From American Journalism Review)