If you allow me, back to the initial comment
"(...) it's true that virtual life should never eclipse blog life. ",
I wonder what exactly people mean by "virtual life".
Writing is a fundamental tool of expression in our society, either for information (social) and knowledge (science and teaching). WordPress is doing a marvelous work at bringing Authors (writers, novelists, poets) together and publishing their fruits. However, social meeting remains essential, important to a certain degree. WordPress MeetUps is a clear example to that.
Nevertheless, I think this online activity can not be qualified of "virtual", as such. The template is still 2 dimensions (width/height). For something to be virtual, meaning similar to real-life, the third dimension must exist.
Experiencing 3d virtual life since 2007, meaning actually living in a virtual set up, and it being now accessible to everyone, I came to realize that Authors in this community would benetif greately from that (3d set up), as a complement.
Honestly, that would not eclipse blog-life, but only make it better. Especially if one considers transport difficulties and circulation density... Then, the word "virtual" would be carrying its true definition!