History of Blogging

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2021-February-11  Copied this article from my old Deflexion.com blog to Infinite Ink’s Hugo project, edited it, and published it on Infinite Ink’s website.

2020-November-24  As of today, this article, which was originally published elsewhere, has been on the web for 11 years.🎂

1. Why I wrote this

I’ve been thinking about how to redesign my websites and this got me thinking about what exactly is a blog. There are lots of articles about this, but here’s my take on it.

2. The word “blog”

In 1997 Jorn Barger coined the term "weblog" when he titled his site Robot Wisdom: a weblog by Jorn Barger. His site was a "log of the web" and this was the original meaning of "weblog" or "blog." Examples of this type of blog include:

  1. MetaFilter.com
  2. Slashdot.org
  3. Open Directory Project (dmoz.org)
  4. Social bookmarking sites such as Del.icio.us
These sites record or log interesting places on the web. The main goal is to curate the web, to help people find interesting web pages and sites.

The word "blog" quickly evolved to mean both:
  • a log of the web, and
  • a log of activities, thoughts, notes, tips, essays, stories, quotes, and pretty much anything
"log" means "diary" or "journal" or "listing" or "notebook" or "record"
Today "blog" is used to describe almost anything on the internet that is periodically updated. You can even think of old-fashioned .plan and .project files, which are available via the finger command, as blogs.

3. My blogs

This means that all the streams that I produce can be thought of as blogs. Here are some of my blogs:

  1. my Twitter timeline
  2. my Identi.ca timeline
  3. my Del.icio.us bookmarks
  4. my Blogger blog
  5. my Tumblr tumblelog
  6. my Infinite Ink pages

In the previous section, the first two are usually called microblogs. The third (bookmarks) is sometimes called a link blog or side blog. The fourth is always called a blog (except by people who refuse to use the word "blog" because they don’t like it from a language perspective). The fifth is usually called a tumblelog. The last, my Infinite Ink website, is not usually called a blog, but if you believe what I wrote in section 2 above, it is.⁠

5. References

For more information about the history of blogging, see:

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