The BBC recently produced a documentary discussing the blogging phenomenon:
Girl With A One Track Mind - the book
'Girl with a one track mind' is a kind of 'dirty Bridget Jones' and features choice extracts from the girlwithaonetrackmind blog. Whilst the book protects the anonymity of the author, the Sunday Times decided it would be in the public interest to reveal the real life identity of the 'Girlwithaonetrackmind.' On 6th August 2006 they used a large part of page 3 to do so.
Abby Lee outed in the Sunday Times
Abby Lee refused to contribute to the Sunday Times story, but in it's aftermath sanctioned an interview with the Guardian:
She then went on to appear on the Sharon Osbourne show:
and has now been seen in a number of places either discussing her blog or putting forward her views on relationships.
This is a great example of how a personal weblog (blog) can cross over into the mainstream - in this case Abby Lee's online diary became a best selling book, with further 'fame' found through the Sunday Times and subsequent TV appearances. This may just be the beginning, it wouldn't surprise me to see more and more blogs driving the mainstream media (especially around news).