This essay on blogging by Andrew Sullivan is almost flawless.
There is but one question begged but not raised: Given the ephemeral, immediate and rapid nature of blogging, is it not performed more often than not by those afflicted with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)?
This colors not only the style of presentation, but the level of thought and discernment. A swarm of locusts descends upon and devours the whole farm in seconds before moving on. A horde of impatient shoppers breaks down the Wal-mart door and tramples the staff. The swarm, the horde, the blogger and the commenter. Far away, in deep woods, alone lives the writer, listening to snow fall.