That does make sense. The argument isn’t so much about the firstness in the sense of blogs having gotten there before, say, wikis, but rather about the firstness in the sense that blogs were the first web-publishing system that was really entirely web-oriented, making full use of the web’s network structures, rather than attempting to port print-based structures to web “pages,” for instance. The larger point that I’m trying to make is that further web publishing systems (a.k.a. MediaCommons, of course) should bear in mind what they can learn from blogs, why they were successful, etc. So I suppose a further qualifier to the statement, the one that really makes the difference, is that blogs are arguably the first successful web-native publishing system…?