The American Mastodon has set out to decipher, empirically and through the use of proper methods, the allure of the blogosphere. He has, in essence, brought it upon himself to become a "blogologist", thus studying the newly formed science of "blogology".
Any good scientist will tell you that the appropriate and time-honored way of approaching a problem is by filtering observations through the scientific method. What, praytell, is the ``scientific method''? Well, let the AM walk you through it, as he ambles along himself.
1. Observe some aspect of the universe.
2. Invent a tentative description, called a hypothesis, that is consistent with what you have observed.
Bored people with too much time on their hands stumble into the blogosphere and are intrigued by a world they had not been aware of. They jump from blog to blog, find new ones, comment anonymously, then start their own blog. After a few months, they tire of the tedium of the medium and move on with their lives. Perhaps they get a real job.
3. Use the hypothesis to make predictions.
There will always be new blogs to fill the void left by the retirees. Thus, the blogosphere, though not maintaining a consistent population, will continue to slowly grow. Like China.
4. Test those predictions by experiments or further observations and modify the hypothesis in the light of your results.
More on this later. See: billysumday.blogspot.com for evidence of carousel bloggers.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until there are no discrepancies between theory and experiment and/or observation.
To be published later in Modern Blogology