August 30, 2010 – Happy (almost) Blog Day! While actual Blog Day is tomorrow, we’re getting you ready to celebrate the 5th annual celebration of “web logs” no matter where you are!
Celebrate all things blog today! Blog cupcakes, anyone?
Blog Day was started in 2005 by Nir Ofir in an attempt to encourage bloggers to support one another and for readers to discover new blogs. The date of August 31 was chosen because when written numerically-3108-it resembles the word “blog”.
The origin of the modern “blog” begins in 1997 with “web logs” being the popular term coined by Jorn Barger. The actual use of “blog” began in 1999 when Peter Merholz broke the word “weblog” into the phrase “we blog” on his own blog, Peterme.com. The phrase took off and turned it into a noun, as well as a verb, and even a personal descriptor – “blogger”.
Blogs actually existed prior to being formally named as such, back as far as the days of Usenet. The early ancestors of blogs were the email lists and bulletin board systems which gave rise to Internet forums in the 1990s. Soon-to-come was the online diary which was just as it sounds – a personal diary about one’s daily life and thoughts in a public forum.
From the online diary spawned the modern day web log and with it a variety of specializations. Come the year 2000 you could find blogs on any number of topics, from daily life across the globe to tips on raising hedgehogs. Today there’s pretty much a blog about any topic you can come up with.
Blogs are fast becoming a legitimate form of journalism, with many blogs reaching high-profile status after being featured on traditional media as a source of information. Celebrity blogs like PerezHilton.com have made their fame by becoming the breaking source for all news celebrity.
Other blogs have gained notoriety as being whistleblowers on high-profile political and business scandals, such as the Drudge Report blog being the first “news source” to break the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal in 1998. Many prominent journalists in other fields such as television and newspaper have started blogs as another outlet for their reporting.
As you can see, blogging has become an important part of our Internet lives and continues to grow in popularity as well as acceptance as a legitimate news source. For more information about the celebration of Blog Day 2010, check out the official Blog Day website for all your blog-celebration needs! We’ll be doing our part tomorrow, so check back!
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