Has Blogging Jumped the Shark?

N4N says the answer is a definite "no." Still, you can get a chuckle out of how, as the New York Times reported Monday, blogging has become a mainstay of American suburbs and gentrifying urban neighborhoods:

First come the renovated condominiums, the latte bars and the expensive baby strollers. Next, apparently, come the bloggers.

One Web site’s survey of the prevalence of blogs in urban neighborhoods found a link between gentrification and the number of people who feel compelled to think out loud about the changes in their backyards. The site,, crowned Clinton Hill in Brooklyn as the most blogged-about neighborhood in America.

Also on the top 10 list were Harlem; Shaw in Washington; downtown Los Angeles; Newton, Mass.; and Rogers Park/North Howard in Chicago.

Before the survey, the staff of was “not conscious that local blogging would be so closely allied with gentrification,” said Steven Berlin Johnson, a founder of the site. Change, he said, “makes people particularly interested in every little development in their neighborhoods.”

It's not surprising that educated, affluent people appreciate blogs as a way of sharing information. It's scribblers with the greatest motivation to share views on their particular passion, be it politics, baseball, or whatever, after all, that power the blogosphere.

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