It only stands to reason that the book on the growth of the blogging world would have been written by a Brooklynite.
The author is Aaron Barlow and we had the pleasure of chatting with him over at our house once, a verbal round that went as much to Africa and the neighborhoods of Brooklyn as it did to the supposed subject at hand, the enormous increase in the number of those calling themselves bloggers.
Barlow makes the case that these are the new American pamphleteers and that they are the heirs of a tradition in democracy that dates back to colonial times.
Barlow, in fact, has two recent books out on this topic of weblogs, as the updated, interactive web pages once were called, before they came to be more commonly referred to as blogs.
There are those who argue -- or maybe we should say that there are those who state as fact -- that Brooklyn is the bloggingest locality in the United States, if not the world.
The Times a year or so ago had a piece on how this reality -- or this perception, if you want to hedge -- came about.
Referred to often as snarky or super-feisty, bloggers of the Brooklyn sort are in fact a very sororal groups of folks, meeting annually, and even more frequently in smaller groups, to share techniques and to gossips, not to mention to fraternize.
Some maintained, wrongly, that blogging has reached it apogee and is destined only to decline, this in the wake of the popularity of twittering and social networking.
But blogging, especially among thoughtful and angst-driven democrats and anarchists of the kind who occupy Brooklyn, is here to stay.