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The blogosphere is a great place to congregate as there is a permutation for nearly every aspect of our hobby or obsession. So many weblogs are devoted to the subject of comic books that there is now a site that tells you which have the most hits.
The social networking sites only extend the mass iteration of fan enthusing and professional point scoring. Read a writer's pithy take on Twitter, watch this MySpace, come face to Facebook, be Bebo, live a Second Life. And LiveJournal is not the same as a blog, just similar.
While there was an undoubtable thrill to be had for letter hacks to see print in their favourite comic book, how does that compare with reading a creator's blog, or exchanging ideas with of your favourite artists? Well there's no doubt that some of the old timers are laughing up their sleeves knowing that their names are enshrined in the pages of a boxed and bagged collector's item. Keeping an online journal is decidedly ephemeral, even with the Internet Wayback Machine doing its thing.