From Weblogs to Blogs

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 by JP League

             The history of blogging is short but has evolved over the years from a list of websites to a commentary on a variety of things.

             The first blogs were merely a collection of similar websites. Clive Thompson wrote in New York Magazine, “In January 1994, Swarthmore student Justin Hall creates first blog ever,” Rebecca Blood wrote in her blog that in 1997, “Jesse James Garrett, editor of Infosift, began compiling a list of “other sites like his” as he found them in his travels around the web.”

             Jenna Wortham wrote in, “On Dec. 17, 1997, Jorn Barger coined the term ‘weblog’ to describe the list of links on his Robot Wisdom website that ‘logged’ his internet wanderings.” It was not until April 1999 that “Programmer Peter Merholz shortens ‘Weblog’ to ‘blog,’” according to New York Magazine.

            These blogs were in a different form than the blogs today. Blood writes: “The original weblogs were link-driven sites. Each was a mixture in unique proportions of links, commentary, and personal thoughts and essays. Weblogs could only be created by people who already knew how to make a website. These were web enthusiasts.”

            These blogs evolved into what we see today. Blood writes, “These (new) blogs, often updated several times a day, were instead a record of the blogger’s thoughts: something noticed on the way to work, notes about the weekend, a quick reflection on some subject or another.”

            Blogs have become a major part of the internet because they are quick and easy. Wortham writes, “It’s the easiest, cheapest, fastest publishing tool ever invented.” Blood writes, “Blogger itself places no restrictions on the form of content being posted.” Its web interface, accessible from any browser, consists of an empty form box into which the blogger can type.”

            The blogging population is growing. Wortham writes, “There are more than 100 million active blogs, according to Technorati — a monumental leap forward from the relative handful of geeks posting online just a few years back.”

            Blogging seems to be the future and is here to stay. Wortham writes, “People can blog without needing a computer connection or more than a sentence they want to say,” said Hall, who was crowned “the founding father of personal bloggers” by The New York Times. “The internet is a richer place for all these participants and it’s clear that we’re not going back.”


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