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A-blogging: It's not (just) what you know, it's who you know has a great article on why making it in the blogosphere is really hard nowdays:

Unfortunately, like the real world, sometimes the blogosphere is about who you know as much as what you know.

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This is a point that comes up quite often lately. I'm not impressed: power is never evenly distributed. But things are not that bad. Expect the next social-something system to generate a new star system and new stars, it can't be far...