Lots of people are using blogs as a way to communicate their opinions with the entire world these days, so I thought that it would be interesting to start this blog with an article that describes the history of blogging. But then I thought that some of you might wonder what is a blog, after all?
A blog is a conversation that is posted on the internet and is made out of comments that are displayed chronologically. Blogs have become more and more popular and they are indeed an important segment of the internet culture. Millions of people worldwide spend at least minutes (often times hours) each day reading various blogs.
There are several types of blogs and depending on your personal preferences you can easily find one that suits you best. There are blogs that discuss news, technology, jobs, hobbies or blogs that have been crested purely for entertainment purposes. However, it is important to understand that the blogs have a short history, as they appeared only five to ten years ago.
Most specialists and the internet researchers have established that links.net was the very first blog that has appeared in the virtual world. It was launched by Justin Hall, who was back in 1994 a student. That time the name used for this type of web application was not that of “blog”. He created a personal homepage that has afterwards been given the name “blog”.
In 1997 the name “weblog” was already on the market and its creation is linked to Jorn Barger. The name was meant to reflect logging on the web. In 1999 the term “blog” was used for the very first time by the programmer Peter Merholz. After five years, Merriam-Webster declared the word blog to be the word of the year.
During the 2000’s the blogs developed a lot and if during 1999 there were about 20 blogs on the net, in 2006 there were about 50 million blogs. The first popular blogs were dealing with politics, and different political candidates started using blogs to promote themselves. But also blogs with certain topics became more and more popular. People began to love reading posts on pop culture, news, fashion etc.
It took several years, but finally in 2001 there were launched different articles on how to create a blog, how to write an article, how to post an article, and so on. Some of the most popular blogs started in the beginning of the 2000’s. The list may contain names like Boing Boing, Dooce, Gizmodo and the Huffington Post. In the very same period, several blog platforms have been created, and among them WordPress, which was built in 2003, definitely deserves a mention.
In 2002 the first engine that searched for blogs was launched. A year later Audioblogger, a major podcasting service, was launched, and in 2004 people had access to video blogs.
When blog owners began to earn money with their blogs, mega blogs were launched and people began to make fortunes over the night (well, maybe over the year). In 2005 a researched showed that 32 million Americans were reading blogs, meaning than more than ten per cent of the U.S. population was using them. Starting with the year 2004 blogs began to be used on much larger scales, as politicians, organizations, candidates etc, were posting to or reading blogs.
Before 2009 the blogs were managed by single individuals but after that year, multi author blogs appeared on the market and they displayed posts created by more people.
At present there are countless blogs on the internet, containing posts on almost any possible subject. There are blogs that contain mainly texts, photos, videos, music.
In February 2011 there were no less than 156 million public blogs.