The addition and subtraction of blogs from the Burghosphere as well as the long maturity process is just part of the game. The reason a blog is a valuable source of information/opinions is the same thing that shortens its lifetime and makes it slow to mature. Namely this reason is that the sole author is not formally trained, not supported by an editorial staff and not paid (forcing him/her to seek other forms of gainful employment).
That being said, I am struck by the depth of the Blogosphere at the moment. It is perhaps as deep (though not as strong) as it ever has been. This was reinforced in my mind when I went to the Reader this morning. Among the posts I enjoyed (this isn't every post, just the ones I particularly enjoyed) in just the last 24 hours:
- Scott's Spot's Coverage of Hartwood Acres
- Tech Burgher's reporting on copyright law and how it affects the local start-up scene.
- That Night's coverage of (and participation in) Something to be Desired.
- The Angry Drunk Bureaucrat's details PAT and their Union's agreement to resolve their dispute in the Thunderdome.
- The Burgh Report's discussion of next year's mayoral race (and the comments, which I participated in).
- The Comet's regular attendance of City Council (so I don't have to go).
- My blon n'at's coverage of Brufest.
- Digging Pitt's coverage of the Arts, specifically the New Yinzer.
- Pittsburgh Hoagie's vigilante coverage of the (not if he has his way) strip club on Carson.
- MetBlog's coverage of the Port Authority Talks.
- Pittsburgh Needs Eated's brownies. Actually I gather that it's a Carmel Chocolate Nougat from Mon Aimee Chocolat.
- Pittsburgh Today's coverage of ACTUAL housing statistics in the Burgh.
- Burgh Baby's letter to Alexis.
- Carbolic Smoke Ball's latest opinion poll.