Blogging can be a very interesting pursuit. It is less formal than traditional journalism. Despite that you do end up developing sources and contacts. Sometimes you can use the information they provide and sometimes you cannot. Sometimes a person with whom you have never spoken or corresponded can publish the information that you can’t.
The comments on the story are priceless. A dim bulb to be sure (and we’re not talking about someone who graduated summa cum laude with honors in 2 foreign languages.)