Blog Predictions for 2002
Some iteration of instant messaging and chat functions will merge with blogs for folks to talk amongst themselves--taking 'blogback' to the next level.
More idiots will begin blogging, annoying the hell out of blog pioneers and increasing the velocity of insult hurling.
Doc Searls will announce the first blogger wedding mid-year, when friends who met blogging decide to tie the knot. The conception of their first child will be bloggerized. RageBoy will be all over that shit.
More celebrities will jump on the blog bandwagon.
RageBoy and Winer will go at it again, likely using biological and chemical weapons this time. There will be no winner, but lots of memes.
Corporations will get wind that employees are blogging during work hours and issue anti-blogging policies.
Smart companies will get wind that employees are blogging during work hours and imagine the possibilities.
A major motion picture will feature a character who blogs. The character will be a psychopathic alcoholic intellectual head case.
The part will be offered to Jack Nicholson, who will turn it down because bloggers don't get cute chicks.
Some company, somewhere, will take Gonzo Marketing to heart and underwrite some blog, somewhere, somehow. Please.
Community blogs--or "party blogs" like Gonzo Engaged--will grow in residents and in numbers, morphing into their own form of blogging. These forms will separate from one-man blogs, which will lean more toward journal and journalism than community.
David Weinberger will stop blogging again, only to start again in 2004.