We begin, as we must, with the proto-bloggers -- the people who blog, therefore they are. Blogging really does seem to have begun as a strange from of self-expression, the diary gone (semi)public.
Begin with a few of the less famous (and in many cases) local examples. This woman seems to have two blogs, with sometimes identical posts. I think Nutmeg Grater is better known, but this second one seems more like a prototypical blog. Also check out of one last year's class bloggers. Dig back to see what he was doing in previous months. Here's a local blogging icon with a distinct writing voice. She is experimenting with video now, but, again, dig back. And Sally became a class favorite last year. You have to check her out as she began her blog and then in the days when she fled Katrina. Note the comments from Trinitites.
OK, that's the first half of class. Now, what happens when the early proto-bloggers get a little famious? You get Jason Kottke. and the very-related Megnut who seems to have parked her personal musings over here. Probably because things got a little complicated. Dooce is one of the few very personal blogs to have acquired a big following. Lastly, visit Rebecca Blood, for her own blog and her "Bloggers on Blogging" interviews, which include one with Kottke.