The great Michael Kinsley has a pretty terrific piece on the proliferation blogs. I wouldn't say it's a must read, but for anyone who spends too much time on the timesink that is the internet, it's definitely a better place to waste 5 minutes than watching the Truman Show-esque puppy cam. Key graf below:
"The great thing about blogs, in my view, is that they share the voice of e-mail. It's a genuinely new literary form, which, at its best, combines the immediacy of talking with the reflectiveness of writing. But many readers may be reaching the point with blogs and websites that I reached long ago with the Sunday New York Times Magazine--actively hoping there isn't anything interesting in there because then I'll have to take the time to read it."
I was going to put a little disclaimer for all those folks who read this blog about how really, I won't be offended if they feel like they could better spend their time doing something else, but then I realized "all those folks" consist of my mom, dad and the random person who clicked on this post by mistake while trying to read the latest by Anthony Kaufman or Matt Dentler, so I'm just going to say thanks to anyone who has made through more than one paragraph off my thoughts. It's appreciated.