Yes the NYT could move from paper to electrons but it would still be the NYT's writers and editers. What blogs have revealed is the extroardinary level of talent that exists outside the MSM and now we all access to them and them to us. And that includes you Mr. Van der Leun. Thanks for sharing your gift. Merry Christmas to you and your family and may God bless you all!
Blogs may be the next Internet boomlet. It is about eyes on the screen and who can deliver them. If you and others deliver them, then you will be a valuable product in the future. If the NYT's delivers them, then they will indeed still be in business.
The blogosphere is here to stay, but it is evolving. It will get harder and harder to gain eyeballs without some hype, some push, some professional co-opters doing Drudge and more.
Tell me you and Lileks can't be bought. That is, paid to contribute to someone's major web site. Of course you're willing to work for money as you are for free, and nothing wrong with that.
The people in on the beginning of TV and the networks made a bundle, too. Same with radio. This is just a new media, and it will grow and consolidate.