I understand what Matthew (who's great) is saying here, but I disagree. The last thing I need is more networks, more incoming noise, and less control over it. The firehose is already turned on to high. It was easy to control when there were a few blogs to read, but now there are hundreds in my Google Reader. Some are must/everyday reads, some are 'when it gets my attention', and some I should purge. I have Twitter/Identi.ca. I have Facebook. I have ...
Heck, I published in about ten places this week. BP, of course. Here. Sports Illustrated. Football Outsiders. Fantasy College Blitz. Rotowire. A Q&A at Outs Per Swing. Ballbug thinks Unfiltered is another source, so there. XM. Radio gigs. TV some weeks (including an upcoming national one.) Then you add in comments I've made or as Ken puts it here, "conversations."
Ideally, FriendFeed or the new Facebook would give me a place to collect all of this. I don't need a "walled garden" especially since when those build up to a supercritical mass, they tend to break down. "It's so crowded there nobody goes," as Yogi said. Do you need to see all my stuff though and how is it monetized? Comment systems like Disqus and Seesmic or even Digg disintermediate comments.
Ideally, everything goes in, then you take what you want out. Some don't care about my football stuff. Some could care less about cigars. Some of my readers feel like they know me because I write about things I do and some HATE it. Do I need a place for my friends (real friends, not virtual) and another for the haters? (With things like Loopt and geotagged photos, that's actually a major issue.)
Or do we need it at all. NONE of these models, save for a few, have any sort of monetization. I'd wager that many of you have read other blogs here and gained knowledge, but guys like Alex, Jon, and Josh all work day jobs. There are full-time bloggers, but not many. Newspapers aren't buying up baseball blogs, they're pushing their writers to a new format. Some are good, some aren't, but guys like my Toastermates might be widely read, but not widely paid.
There's an internal tension between much of the new content streams and the old pocketbook. Between rights fees, press passes, and bloggers who think that the outsider perspective has any sort of validity, it's not changing soon. Which means we're in for a lot of change, and soon.