Fawlen's comment reminds me what a hare-brained first post that was, beginning a potentially contestable statement and leaving it hanging. So let me continue. When I posited that blogging is basically a self-centered enterprise, don't mistake that for a negative judgment on the whole blogging population. Fellow bloggers, I am not necessarily saying that you are all self-centered and are bad bad people. Uh uh. I'm just saying it as it is. One blogs primarily for oneself, does one not?
Let me put it this way: why does one blog? To express herself, to update her family and friends about goings-on in her life (whether truthful or fictional), to promote oneself or one's profession, to meet new people, mayhap to stumble upon one's soulmate *barf*, to make a statement, to develop one's writing skills, or personality *cough*, to "talk aloud to no one in particular", as fawlen says, or to tell the world, or a random glazy-eyed creature out there sitting in front of a monitor in a dingy room who stumbles upon any number of odd publicly-listed blogs, "Pssst, I blog therefore I'm alive! Notice me!". So. Blogging is essentially an attempt at self-perpetuation. The very fact of self makes all this egocentric. It's sort of a circular thing, imo - there's nothing to contest.
Let's not ascribe any noble intentions here, the bottomline is, I don't blog for you guys, I blog for me! Which sounds kinda looney, but if you think about it, why do you bother to e-mail friends? Sure, because they want you to tell them what's going on. And why would you want to do that? Because you want them to know about you. It's still about you, see? Which, I reiterate, is not necessarily bad. Just as long as you don't spend hours reading through your own blog, marvelling at how interesting you are. If you do that, plus comment on your own blog using your other web personas, well brother, it might be a good idea to get out a bit more.