An interesting look at the social structures of the blogosphere, and blogging as a tool for social interaction.
Blog Bonds: Virtual communities grow from online journals | signonsandiego.com
“Blogs were originally solitary endeavors, free digital soapboxes for anyone to rant or publicly wallow in angst or sorrow.
Now, they’re connecting people. For a decade, Net observers have talked and written about how electronic communications could foster meaningful social connections, or virtual communities. Blogs seem to be fulfilling that role. “