The History of Blogs - What is a Blog?

Wednesday, 14 November 20120 comments

Blogs have been a hot topic in last ten years.Everyone,be it top notch celebrity or some common man,is writing a blog today.Some write it for personal reasons,some to socialize and some others with a business point of view.

But,do you know how and when it all started ?


It started as "WEBLOGS",the original term for blogs coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997.The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May 1999. Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms.

Thus "Weblog" and "Blog" both denote a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).Although not a requirement, most good quality blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via GUI widgets on the blogs, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking. Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relations with their readers and other bloggers.

Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or "vlogs"), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts. In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources. These blogs are referred to as educational weblogs or edublogs.

What do we have now?


According to Wikipedia,As of 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.On October 13, 2012, there were around 77 million Tumblr and 56.6 million WordPressblogs in existence worldwide.

In the next series of posts,i will discuss-

  • How to start writing a blog for free and which are the best blog hosting platforms.

  • How to install the self hosted WordPress from wordpress.org

  • 5 new trends in blogging

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