This was news to me, but blogging just had it’s tenth year anniversary. At least according to the Wall Street Journal:
It’s been 10 years since the blog was born. Love them or hate them, they’ve roiled presidential campaigns and given everyman a global soapbox. Twelve commentators — including Tom Wolfe, Newt Gingrich, the SEC’s Christopher Cox and actress-turned-blogger Mia Farrow — on what blogs mean to them.
The consumption of blogs is often avid and occasionally obsessive. But more commonly, it is utterly natural, as if turning to them were no stranger than (dare one say this here?) picking one’s way through the morning’s newspapers. The daily reading of virtually everyone under 40 — and a fair few folk over that age — now includes a blog or two, and this reflects as much the quality of today’s bloggers as it does a techno-psychological revolution among readers of news and opinion.
We are approaching a decade since the first blogger — regarded by many to be Jorn Barger — began his business of hunting and gathering links to items that tickled his fancy, to which he appended some of his own commentary. On Dec. 23, 1997, on his site, Robot Wisdom, Mr. Barger wrote: “I decided to start my own webpage logging the best stuff I find as I surf, on a daily basis,” and the Oxford English Dictionary regards this as the primordial root of the word “weblog.”
I’ve been blogging for… 5 or 6 years now. Wow! Time flies. It’s been 10 years and blogging is mainstream, a tool used by business. And it’s still picked on, laughed at and snickered about.
I was at a workshop recently where a roomful of PR professionals where still debating whether they needed to pay attention to what’s said about them and their clients in the blogosphere the same way the track what’s said in mainstream media. I sat there in disbelief.
Then I remember that most people do not live and breathe RSS. Most people only know that they read Web sites and not that they’re blogs. Most people only have a vague concept of what a blog actually is.
Anyway, happy birthday!
- Happy Blogiversary, from the Wall Street Journal