Considering that this is a blog, I’d thought it would be interesting to look at the history of the blog. How did blogs develop? Why are they called blogs?

The origins of the blog typically are credited to the years 1994 through 1997, when online diaries began appearing. Justin Hall is sometimes called the “founding father” of blogging. He launched an online diary, Links.net, in January of 1994, on which he chronicled his daily life. Another early pioneer is Carolyn Burke with her site Carolyn’s Diary, launched in 1995.

Dave Winer also laid much of the early groundwork for blogging in 1994, with his site Scripting News, which developed many early techniques for World Wide Web syndication. In 1997, Jorn Barger, a diarist inspired by Winer, coined the term “Weblog.” This is the origin of the term “blog,” as we shall see in a moment.

In 1998, Open Diary was launched. An online diary community and early example of a social network, it was this site that invented the reader comment, allowing readers and bloggers to comment on each other’s posts. The following year, Peter Merholz jokingly broke up the term “Weblog” to “we blog,” but the name “blog” stuck. The blog as we now know it had arrived. The social networking site LiveJournal and blog publisher Blogger both launched that year. Finally, 1999 saw the roll out of RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, which made it easier for readers to subscribe to blogs and writers to distribute their content across the web.

By 2001, political blogging emerged, especially after the 9/11 attacks. Bloggers were now part of news media and political commentary. In 2002, Technorati, one of the first blog search engines, was released. People could now easily track blog posts daily. In 2004, the release Flickr popularized photo-blogging. In 2006, Twitter did the same for micro-blogging. That same year, research report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project estimated that 12 million U.S. adults were publishing their own blogs. The following year, Technorati reported that it was tracking 112 million blogs world wide. Fast forward to 2013, the The Blog Millionaire Podcast estimated that there are some 152 million blogs on the Internet, with  172,800 new blogs launched every day throughout, or one blog every half a second! Clearly, blogging is here to stay.

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