history

History of Blogs

The actual history of blogs in quite interesting.  It is remarkable that blogs have a relatively short history with the first blog, Links.net being created in 1994.  At that time the blog wasn’t referred to as a blog but rather a personal homepage.  It wasn’t until 1997 that the term weblog was created to reflect the process of “logging the web”.  Weblog was then shortened to blog in 1999 with the term being added to the Merriam-Webster five years later as word of the year.

The early 2000s were a period of growth for blogs – in 1999 there were 23 blogs in the internet, whereas by the middle of 2006 there were 50 million blogs.  It is amazing to see such a growth rate in the use of blogs to help understand where something that is now so common-place originated.

-Pam Perry

References:

A Brief History of Blogging. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/03/a-brief-history-of-blogging/