Okay, it's not official, but there's a strong grassroots push for Time to name bloggers as People of the Year. You can make your case to Time's editors on why you think bloggers should be Time's People of the Year by clicking here. Here are a couple of proposed covers courtesy of Steve Rubel over at Micro Persuasion:
Bloggers currently number approximately four million, adding approximately 400,000 posts a day to the world's printed opinion pages, and we're not talking newspapers here, either. News opinion writers are often frustrated by bloggers, as blogs often appear first and more often in Google than most columns. News media outlets often get story ideas from blogs, but not all cite them as sources (for example, the St. Petersburg Times regularly visits my blog, but their writers haven't cited it as a source when using its material). Blogs will not likely replace newspapers, magazines or even broadcast media, but they will continue to blur the lines between them. It would not surprise me at all if news media outlets started hiring bloggers as reporters, columnists and editors over the next few years. In fact, some already have.