Don Park reminds us where blogging sits in the grand scheme of things. That probably makes every blogosphere flame fest a real "tempest in a teapot" kind of thing. In any event, it's a useful piece of grounding information:
Most people on this planet knows nothing about blogging. I doubt if more than 5% of Internet users know what blogging is. Stepping back even further, Internet users are only a small portions of the world population. If the world population was a pancake, Internet users are the top crust and bloggers are just a small tip of it.