Breaking news: Google buys Pyra. This only kinda makes sense to me. As I've written before, Google and blogs have a synergistic relationship, but to pick a single platform in this time of experimentation and ferment seems odd.
cactus: I see your point about word "blog" being the latest hype fad, but it is a useful word. To my mind, it simply means posting your writings online in a reverse-chronological format, and with plenty of Web links for further reading. Advogato diaries qualify.
Of course, what people do with the format varies widely. Some write about their cat's hairballs. Others use it as a tool for intellectual inquiry, and perhaps to participate in the distributed leadership of the free software community. In fact, by numbers alone there are many more of the former.
One of these days I'm going to have to write up my thoughts on "humble elitism". (when I mentioned this phrase to Heather, she asked me if it was like "compassionate conservatism", so I think I'll have to pick a different name). I strive to make my blog one of the elite, but only by pouring thought and good writing. Usually, "elitism" refers to some kind of caste system. And of course, on any given diary entry I'm liable not to live up to my goals. In any case, I certainly enjoy trying.