Some of the better articles about the development of weblogs:
weblogs: a history and perspective
Rebecca Blood's essay about the development of blogs. [required reading]
New biz on the blog
The British newspaper The Guardian continues to cover weblogs with clear analysis.
This article is about business cashing in on weblogs. [required reading]
What We're Doing When We Blog
An essay by Blogger co-creator Meg Hourihan.
You've Got Blog
New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead's take on Hourihan and the Blogger sensation.
Blogging thoughts: personal publication as an online research tool
An academic chapter by Torill Mortensen & Jill Walker.
Personal knowledge publishing and its uses in research
Professor Sebastien Paquet explains how blogging is a creative process.
The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog
by Rebecca Blood
published by Perseus Publishing, 2002
Chapter 6: Weblog Ethics
We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs
by Paul Bausch, Matthew Haughey, Meg Hourihan
published by Hungry Minds, Inc., 2002
Chapter 3: Navigating the Blog Universe
Chapter 8: Using Blogs in Business
Blog On: The Essential Guide to Building Dynamic Weblogs
by Todd Stauffer
published by McGraw Hill, 2002
See sample pages here.
Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content
by Biz Stone
published by New Riders Publishing, 2002
See sample pages here