The Evolution of Blogs

1115855 blog 150x150 The Evolution of BlogsBlogs are the hottest trend sweeping the Internet, but have you ever wondered how blogs originated? In what must indisputably seem as the dark ages before blogs, people looking the companionship of online communities were required to rely essentially on mailing lists and bulletin boards for communication. By the 1990s, forums had made their presence and allowed users to take part in discussion using ‘threads’, which were essentially areas of common interest.

Others seeking like-minded individuals would set up an online diary to share their thoughts and it is from this that the first blogs evolved. In fact, these pioneering blogs were termed ‘online diaries’ and made their appearance around 1994. However, it was three years before the term ‘blog’ was coined and the credit for that goes to Jorn Barger. At present, there are many different types of blogs. The most long-standing of these is still the online diary.

The former blogs were just another component of already established websites. These blogs were more suited to technologically sophisticated users and so weren’t usually received by the community. The advent of easy making and upkeep tools brought blogs to the masses, as it were. Now, blogs are easy to create, use and uphold. There are even restricted services dedicated to hosting blogs. Alternatively blogs can be added to existing web hosting services using any of the plentiful blogging software on hand.

Some of the first hosted tools for blogs contain LiveJournal, which exposed its doors in 1999, and Open Diary, which carved a niche for itself at the time by actuality the initial service]to permit readers to post comments on users’ blogs. One of the biggest names in blogging is Blogger.com, which was becoming so familiar that it was bought over by Google in 2003.

Since this time, blogs have garnered increasing notice by conventional media and companies. Blogs have engaged an active role in flouting and spinning news, and are even being used by governmental candidates as a means of scrutinizing public opinion and law execution groups as a way of outreach.

Blogs have enjoyed an unparalleled popularity as illustrated by Xanga, which hosted a mere 100 blogs in 1997, only to have this number explode to 50 000 000 by December 2005. This may be due, in part, to the incredible versatility of blogs. They can be for practically any purpose and while typical blogs consist mainly of text, they can include photos and even videos.

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5 thoughts on “The Evolution of Blogs”

  1. Really nice history of blogging, ironically I had heard about blogs in 1997 but never really paid much attention to it until after 2003. I myself didn’t even start a blog until 2008 which is more than a decade after. Imagine how popular we would all be if we started 10 years ago instead of now trying to stand out among tens of millions of other blogs.

    1. I think my earliest memory of blogs was around 2001, but even then I thought they were for professors or people that were trying to store documents. However, I didn’t realize till years later that in fact they were more of personal records or information and I began blogging around 2006. My first blogging efforts were actually on Myspace where they had a blog section outside of the profile. From there, I started experimenting with different platforms and from all of my experiences with different blogs, I’ve got to say that WordPress is my favorite. Self-hosted of course.

    2. I think most of us would have been pretty lucky if we had started blogs in the late 90′s. The original sources for blog information would have sold for some pretty good coin.

  2. Now the billion dollar question, the one that people like Steve Jobs can probably answer:

    Where will blogging go next. How will they evolve and what consumer products will answer the call.

    We have the Google Nexus and the IPhone, but what’s really going to take off.

    In reality, software and hardware do have a loose evolutionary relationship in some places and much closer in others.

    Let’s ask Steve.

    1. Blogging will evolve more to mobile and soon people will be blogging a lot easier from their phones, and using voice recorders. I see the future where a blog will just talk into their phone, the phone translates that into text, the blogger reviews it for errors and then tells the phone to send it to the blog where it is automatically posted and socialized to all networks including Facebook, Twitter, and a few others. Personally, I’d like to see that done today, and I’m sure with a few downloads and tricks this is possible, but should become the norm within a couple of years.

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