“Consider the sequence of developments in publishing:
“In the 70’s, to run a publication, you needed a million-dollar printing plant, or you needed to lease time on one, to print and distribute your publication.
“In the 80’s, with the advent of laser printers, GUIs and desktop publishing software, the cost dropped to $100,000. So more people could publish.
“In the 90’s, publishing technology took off in a new way, all-electronic, and the cost dropped to a few thousand dollars.
“Enter weblogs, and the cost drops to hundreds of dollars, maybe even tens. If you want to do a publication, all you need is the time to write, and an idea to write about. The number of publications goes up every time the rules are rewritten. Now, factor out the non-publication oriented websites. Those are not weblogs. Everything else is.”