A quote from Japan Times:
Merriam-Webster, the U.S.dictionary, recently declared the "blog" the most looked-up term on its Internet site this year. Blog, now happily free of quotation marks, denotes "a Web site that contains an online personal journal."
According to a blog-watching dot-com named Technorati, the number of blogs in existence is 5 million. The wonder is how lively, informative and influential many of those blogs are. ... A tool that gives so many private people a public voice is not likely to disappear soon.
(Cited from 27 Dec. 04 issue of Int'l Herald Tribune.)