- Blog is personal. It can be a part of a more official publisher but the author's voice is their own (like Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic)
- Blog is mostly original written content. Not a link log or curator (which probably tosses most tumblrs)
- Blog is active. Writer doesn't have to write every day (or even every week or month for that matter but this question isn't about nostalgia. No former blogebrities with wastelands for websites, please.
That's about it.
The reason? I don't believe I read many active personal blogs anymore and I know there are still great ones out there.
Anil Dash has me thinking about blogging again and I need a little inspiration.