This is very true for me. I gravitate in and out of a variety of sub-spheres and read about alot of different issues but my blog is education and family related (a sub-sphere). I would have to work alot harder at this than I am willing to and probably write about things that I don't desire to - in order to make it in the larger sphere. So rising status is a non-issue for me. But I do find it interesting all the sub-spheres that are generated and the popularity of the bloggers among them. More interesting is reading all the strong well written opinion on a given issue. Things I would never imagine thinking about, others spend all day dwelling on.
I would like to suggest that blogs can also have multiple identities. A blog might be very strong on a single topic that only a few folks are interested in, & therefore be a big blog in a small sphere, whilst also commenting less definitively on bigger issues, & taking a peripheral place in a larger phere.
There's a social aspect to this too. Regular readers, commenters and subscribers here form a sphere of sorts that has very little to do with any "top 500" action, but has a great deal to do with how this site develops from day-to-day. Those readers also contribute to other spheres, many of which I am not a part of. That sense of multiple developing communities is one of the things that I find so involving (addictive?) about this process.
Blogging is an amazing thing when you think about it. People who would otherwise never interact are doing so on a daily basis exchanging thoughts and ideas.
Does anyone else think about this too? Or am I just becoming one of the crazy nuts in the sphere that others just shake their heads and wonder...Why is she talking about that?