In this article we will talk about blogging history and “the beginning of blogging”.
Not one blogger can not imagine his life without a blog. Now blogging is a way to earn money, enhance the company’s reputation for more opportunities for advertising and much more.
But how does all of this was conceived? I hope you will agree with me that the knowledge of the roots and origins of your craft is as important as practice.
I invite you to immerse yourself in the history of blogging and to understand how it all began. So …
The beginning of blogging – 1994
Justin Hall begins eleven years of personal blogging on links.net.
In 17th December, the term ‘weblog’ is coined be Jorn Borger, author of blog Robot Wisdom.
In October of this year, Bruce Ableson lounches Open Diary, the first blogger community to allow comments. Meanwhile, Jonathan Dube from the Charlotte Observer was the first to use a blog format to report news during Hurricane Bonnie.
- Evan Wiliams and Meg Hourihan of Pyra Labs launch Blogger.com.
- In March, Brad Fitzpatrick starts Livejournal.
- The term ‘blog’ was coined by Peter Mertholz, splitting the term ‘weblog’ into ‘We Blog’ on his personal blog peterme.com.
Prolific website Boing Boing relaunches its site to become a blog.
- The predecessor to WordPress, B2/Cafelog is created by developer Michel Voldrighl.
- The CMS platform Drupal is launched as an open source project.
- The emergence of ‘How-to’ and tutorial articles helped to grow the blogging community.
- People begin to use blogs to express their opinions and even got into trouble! In the first report of its type, Heather Armstrong is fired after discussing her work on her personal blog dooce.com. Also, American politician Trent Lott resigns due to comments reported on blogs.
- Gizmodo, a technology blog is launched in August.
- At this point, there are 200,000 active blogger users.
- Blogging becomes big this year. The first gossip blog, Gawker.com is launched.
- Jason Calacanis launched a network of blogs called Weblogs covering a variety of topics.
- In March, ‘Salam Pax’, an anonymous Iragi blogger gains a worldwide audience during the Iraq War.
- Two more blogging platforms are launched with SixApart launching Typepad and WordPress being released on May 27th.
- Google also purchases Blogger and acquires AdSense from Oingo Inc. It matches ads to blog content.
- One of the first social networking sites, Thomas ‘Tom’ Anderson, co-founds Myspace with options for users to blog on their profile pages.
Technorati indexes 4,000,000 blogs across the Internet.
- The Huffington Post news blog is launched as well as video sharing service Youtube.
- Themes are introduced into WordPress 1.5 with public release later in the year on November 21st. Matt Mullenweg oversees the release.
- Weblogs is sold to AOL for $25 million.
- Mashable and TechCrunch are launched while Livejournal is bought by SixApart in January.
- Internet Explorer also announced they would adopt the Firefox feed icon. This will be used to represent RSS and Atom feeds which has become industry standard.
- Following its move to Google, all Blogger blogs are associated with a Google account and moved to Google servers.
- Google also pays $900 million to become the provider of myspace.com.
- Twitter is also launched this year by Obvious Corp.
- Ugo.com, a games and entertainment blog is sold for $100 million.
- More than 1000 WordPress plugins are available, despite being blocked in Turkey.
- Blogger is ranked 16 in the top 50 domains for unique visitors.
- Tumblr is launched with 750000 users within two weeks, popularizing the term ‘microblog’.
- Livejournal is sold to Russian Media Company SUP Media for $25 million.
- Chinise blogger Hu Jia is jailed for ‘inciting subversion of state power’.
- In May, Posterous is released giving users the functionality to post short updates using a unique URL shortening service. They also offered new ways of posting via emails or online chat.
- The White House launched its own blog.
- Tumblr’s CEO David Karp is named Best Young Tech Entrepreneur by Business Week. It also launches an iPhone app along with Posterous.
WordPress wins the Hall of Fame CMS category in the Open Source Awards with over 11,000 plugins available. At the same time, Posterous is named one of the Hottest Silicon Valley Companies by Lead411.
- The majority of bloggers are between 25 and 34, owning at least 3 blogs between them. 20 million of these blogs are based at WordPress.com.
- Tumblr is valued at $800 million in August of this year with President Obama creating Tumblr blog some time later in October.
- Blogger goes under a major makeover to unify it with other Google-based services and to integrate Google analytics.
- Google also launches Google+ which is quickly accepted and widely used by bloggers.
- 62% of businesses now own and run a blog.
- 48% of the top 100 blogs now use WordPress.
- 54.9 million blogs are hosted at WordPress.com with 20,950 plugins available. Comparatively, there are now 69 million blogs hosted on Tumblr, with 29.6 bilion posts between them.
- There are more than 30 million accounts registered on Livejournal with 15 million users using Posterous, despite being obtained by Twitter in March.
All depends on you!)