The article doesn't really point out anything that established denizens of the blogosphere will not already know, but I did like the fact that it condenses the whole argument into this rather neat little infographic.
It is the bottom-up transparency that is so important in blogging, I think: as the medium has become more mature, bloggers have started to become sloppy about linking to data and sources. This is a bad thing, but not entirely unexpected.
In the early days (and yes, I do consider myself to be one of the early UK political bloggers), we linked religiously to sources because we simply did not have the credibility of journalists: not only that, but we had something to prove—that we were happy to be held to account quickly and easily.
Whether that landscape has changed now is an interesting question: I do think that the political blogging landscape has changed in many ways, not least in the fracturing of the "political blogging community" into far more hardened party political lines: I regard this as being something of a pity but, once again, perhaps inevitable.
Anyway, I thought that it was an interesting digression...
UPDATE: since these things obviously go in trends, Gary Andrews has his own discussion of the changes in the blogosphere...
And when blogging was relatively new, it was a mixture of the enthusiasts, who could work blogging into a job, and those who had more time on their hands who led the charge.
Now many of those who led the charge are busier or have made a reasonably good fist of trying to monetise their blog.
Certainly those who blogged for fun – and are probably still leading proponents of blogging – have less time or work on a blog that pays. It’s become more professional, that’s for sure.
So where does this leave the professional amateur, the person who takes pride in their blog but holds down a day job and possibly a relationship, maybe with kids too? There’s only so many evenings you can stay up until the wee hours blogging merrily away.
Increasingly, I suspect, those early waves of professional amateurs have either got a career out of it or got out, bar for the occasional update on a semi-dormant blog (hey, I never said I wasn’t using myself as a case study).
Gary's argument is basically that the old hands either run out of time, or go professional: but, of course, there will be a new generation of exciting new bloggers coming through...