A History of Blogging

Chronological links on blogging since the dawn of the weblog

2002

February 18 – Blah, Blah, Blah and Blog by Farhad Manjoo (Wired)

The practice of blogging is hardly new. Well before the dot-com swoon, blogging began to boom. Hundreds and then thousands of people set up their own weblogs, with some of the sites garnering traffic numbers that beat those dot-coms.

But weblogs have now crossed a tipping point, leaping from a “self-contained community” to a group “large enough that at least there’s many different weblogs, and a million different kinds of weblogs,” according to Evan Williams, who runs Blogger, one of the most popular services for creating a blog.

February 18 – Weblogs as community by Derek M. Powazek (Design for Community)

The year 2000 saw the rebirth of a very old web idea, repackaged in some new technology, and unleashed as the weblog (or “blog” for short). The recipe for a weblog is simple: make a web page, a single page, and put microcontent (short blurbs and blips) on it. Then update it again and again, all day, every day, with the newest stuff always at the top.

February 19 – Blogging: Tune Out and Switch On by Adam Curry

Yesterday when reading the ‘blah, blah, blah and blog‘ Wired article, something Evan said struck me right between the eyes; “[…] If you write everyday, your writing improves, your thinking improves.”

Right on! The magic of blogging revealed at last.

Its brain-training.

2005

April 30 – Blah, Blah, Blog by Paige Akin (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Blogging is easier than sending e-mails to your friends about that new restaurant you checked out last weekend, and it’s cheaper than making long-distance phone calls to your college-student brother in California. You don’t have to be a computer geek to blog. All you need is a computer, a modem and a few thoughts to share.

And blogs are like snowflakes: No two are the same. One blogger may be careful to include research and diverse points of view in his posts. Another will be tantamount to verbal diarrhea, “like a tabloid, all splash and trash,” Richmond blogger Jason Kenney, 26, said.

2010

November 11 – The Future of Social Media and Politics by Matt Silverman

It’s about how the social web is rapidly becoming the default place where people spend their time and discuss issues that matter to them. “It will be about how much society has integrated itself into it,” said Gerrit Lansing, the new media director for Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL 6th). “Citizens will be far more accustomed to being a fan of their congressman on Facebook, because it will soon become one of the main ways in which they communicate with him.”