Great and (unintentionally) funny meta blog post!
From Anil Dash: The Blog Cycle.:
The basic format of the weblog medium has been pretty much set for more than 5 years now, and it's enough time that we can probably make some safe observations about bloggers' behavior.
First, it's important to note that there is no "blogosphere". There are hundreds of blogospheres. Each sub-community of weblogs has its own social norms, its own traditions and its own thought leaders. And as each community has formed and evolved, you can see it go through a few common steps as it evolves as a medium.
A lot of these points could be debated, but this is what I've noticed as some of the common steps of evolution within a blogging community:...