Blogging History


According to Wikipedia, the largest free encyclopedia, the term “weblog” was first used by John Barger in 1997. In May, 1999, Peter Merholz converted the word into a new term keeping the characters the same. He made it “we blog” instead of “weblog”. He especially pointed out the term “blog”. Shortly after that, this word was globally accepted both as a noun meaning a weblog and as a verb meaning “to post in someone’s blog”.

One of the early blog sites “Xanga” had 100 weblogs in 1997, which surprisingly turned into 50 million by the end of 2005. People started using blogs globally in 1999. Blogging started becoming popular when among others, Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan from Pyra Labs created their blog publishing tool Blogger. Using this site anyone can start blogging within minutes.

The whole system was free and very attractive. Surprisingly, Google bought the whole service in 2004. Blogger is still a free blog-publishing tool, but under the banner of Google. The words “weblog”, “weblogging”, and “weblogger” were inserted into The Oxford Dictionary in March, 2003. This purely indicates the magic of the word “blog”, which is still the favorite publishing system among millions of people.

By the end of 2001, blogging had become more popular. Everyone focused on the possibilities and importance of blogs. Shortly after that people started researching on blogging. Even schools of journalism were very interested in the whole process. There are other publishing systems like Wikis and CMSs, which also gained popularity in the meantime. CMS stands for Content Management System and these are generally used for publishing articles, news content, or general content in a website. They are especially built for maintaining every kind of website.

Joomla, Drupal, Typo3, and DotnetNuke are popular CMS software systems. There is also a special kind of CMS that is called a Wiki. In Wikis any user can modify contents, and all the posts are editable by general users; and usually, Wikis are devoted to a specific audience. A Wiki tracks every change made by the users so that you can find who changed the information and why. One of the most popular Wiki engines is MediaWiki (http://www.mediawiki.com). A blog is also a kind of content management system but the main purpose is to maintain the articles chronologically.

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