Responding to Dave Winer's "First Essay of the Year", Jeremy Allaire asked himself, "whether weblogging as we know it will truly become a mainstream form of personal communications and sharing, rather than it's current perceived niche as form of personal or independent Internet journalism." His musings raise two major characteristics of blogs:
Interesting that the first paragraph thetwowayweb.com's homepage quotes Tim Berners-Lee, who said in December 1997: "The intuitive editing interfaces which make authoring a natural part of daily life are still maturing." I'm pretty happy with BlogBuddy, but the frankly the actuality is just as the site's title puts it: "We're working on it!"
Davenet: The Two Way Web is a good backgrounder on this.