What on earth is blogging?
A BLOG is abbreviated from “weblog” and by definition it is a Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information or simply a stream-of-consciousness kind of writing. The word’s creation has been attributed to Jorn Barger on 1997, of the influential early blog Robot Wisdom. The term was created to reflect the process of “logging the web” as he browsed.
In the early years, the first blog recognized was Links.net, created by Justin Hall, while he was a Swarthmore College student in 1994. At that time they weren’t called blogs, and he just referred to it as his personal homepage.
On 1998 marks the first known instance of a blog on a traditional news site, when Jonathan Dube blogged Hurricane Bonnie for The Charlotte Observer.
“Weblog” was shortened to “blog” in 1999 by programmer Peter Merholz. It’s not until five years later that Merriam-Webster declares the word their word of the year.
The original blogs were updated manually, often linked from a central home page or archive. This wasn’t very efficient, but unless you were a programmer who could create your own custom blogging platform, there weren’t any other options to begin with.
During these early years, a few different “blogging” platforms cropped up. LiveJournal is probably the most recognizable of the early sites. And then, in 1999, the platform that would later become Blogger was started by Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan at Pyra Labs. Blogger is largely responsible for bringing blogging to the mainstream.
Since then major blogging platforms got their start in the early 2000s. Version 1.0 of Movable Type was released in September of 2001. WordPress was started in 2003, though parts of its development date back to 2001. TypePad was also released in 2003, based on Movable Type.
During this time, the number of blogs grew even more, with more than 181 million blogs active by the end of 2011 based on a Nielsen/McKinsey company tracking. Virtually every mainstream news source now has at least one blog, as do many corporations and individuals.
What can be included in a blog?
Practically, anything that comes out of your mind. Blogs are an excellent way of expressing personal opinion. It can be all about current events, news, sports, hobbies, careers, personal development, even making money and various other topics.
If you can think it and gather your thoughts, express it, type it, you can blog it!