Just been going through some old blog posts to put Tags on them all (for me really - hate it when I can't find one I know I wrote X years ago).
Came upon this one from May 2006. It was an SMH list of ten top blogs.
All but one seems to be still alive and very good - and one just sold for $315M US.
And another in which I quoted Guy Rundle from Crikey writing of blogs
Those blogs that survive will and are evolv(ing) into multi-person sites, some with collective and decentred ways of uploading, others with hierarchies essentially identical to paper editing. This repeats the birth of newspapers out of the "pamphlet wars" of the 17th century – the latter a product of the creation of a cheap, single operator platen press. This may be the necessary stage of development required to create a media sphere which genuinely overturns the mass media model – one in which a range of well-edited moderate circulation outlets can charge and get subscriptions. Whether they could turn into full newsgathering organisations remains to be seen.
Novae Meridianae Demetae Dexter delenda est