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Brief History of Blogs


So where did all these blogs come from? How did they get from an underground geek toy to a mainstream tool that has revolutionized politics, journalism, marketing and the media?

I always find that when I learn about a new technology or way of doing something online, the geeks have already been there (and I say the word 'geek' with complete affection - I'm one too!). Before business became inseparable from the computer, email or the internet, the academics and tinkerers were there first, kicking the tires and playing with the technology. Blogging was no exception.

Many of the earliest internet geeks wrote online journals detailing interesting links and points of view. As this was before programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver, everything was done by hand - and that was a huge hassle. Each time you updated the site, you ran the risk of breaking links inside the website and leaving your readers stranded with the dreaded 'page not found' error. Eventually, the computer programmers and web designers became fed up with all of this manual work and created their own software to automate the process of updating their journal websites. Thus the weblog was born.

In 1999, a website called Blogger (http://www.blogger.com/) launched, offering free blogs to anybody and everybody that wanted them. Blogger provided the blog tool for free as well as the hosting space to host a blog. Millions of people from all over the world logged on and start creating their own weblogs.

The largest conversation in the world had begun. Blogs have changed the way academics do research, journalists write, families connect and politicians fundraise. It was only a matter of time before businesses woke up and realized the power of blogging for marketing online.

Blogging provides a way for companies and customers to meet on common ground to talk about what excites them and makes them tick. It also allows them to closely track where and under what circumstances their products are being talked about online.

Today, blogging continues to grow at a swift pace with more than 400,000 posts added per day and 12,000 new blogs being created every day. Millions of people look to blogs for a good laugh, a great idea, a fantastic tip or an instant analysis. The blogosphere doubles in size every 5 months, allowing anyone, anywhere, in any language, to make their mark in the world to share their ideas, passion and products.

'Blog' was the word of the year for 2004 according to Merriam-Webster, the famous dictionary publisher. The year 2004 marked a turning point for blogs as a sought after media format. Now it was seen as a venue for gathering large audiences of devoted readers who used blogs to supplement, compliment and fact-check their nightly news.

My favorite milestone for blogging was when 'Blogs' appeared as a category on the Jeopardy game show. I'll take blogging for one thousand, Alex!

Andy Wibbels is a blogging evangelist and creator of the Easy Bake Weblogs seminar that has helped hundreds of small businesses all over the world leverage blogs and RSS news feeds to increase profits and save time. You can download his free special report on business and blogs at http://easybakeweblogs.com/


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What Is an RSS Feed?  Lifewire

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The Iconfactory Launches Project Tapestry, a Kickstarter Campaign to Create a Universal Inbox for RSS, Social Media ...  MacStories

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The 5 Best RSS Feeders (2023): Feedly, Inoreader, and Tips  WIRED

Heads Up – AWS News Blog RSS Feed Change | AWS News Blog - AWS Blog
Heads Up – AWS News Blog RSS Feed Change | AWS News Blog  AWS Blog

RSS Feeds - Climate Change - Conservation International
RSS Feeds - Climate Change  Conservation International

David Winer - Guy Kawasaki
David Winer  Guy Kawasaki

Microsoft Security Blog | Digital Security Tips and Solutions - Microsoft
Microsoft Security Blog | Digital Security Tips and Solutions  Microsoft

Refined.blog: A Curated List of RSS Feeds for Software Engineering Blogs - WP Tavern
Refined.blog: A Curated List of RSS Feeds for Software Engineering Blogs  WP Tavern

Subscribe to Updates from CISA - CISA
Subscribe to Updates from CISA  CISA

Science Speaks Blog - IDSA
Science Speaks Blog  IDSA

What Is an RSS Feed? Here's What You Need to Know - Business Insider
What Is an RSS Feed? Here's What You Need to Know  Business Insider

The top five RSS readers for keeping up with your news feeds - The Verge
The top five RSS readers for keeping up with your news feeds  The Verge

Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

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RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them  Business 2 Community

The Story of the First Podcast Feed - Podnews
The Story of the First Podcast Feed  Podnews

New Ways to Customize Your Facebook Feed - Meta Store
New Ways to Customize Your Facebook Feed  Meta Store

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NARENDRA MODI: FROM RSS TO BJP, A JOURNEY OF LEADERSHIP AND VISION  Narendra Modi

Cybersecurity Blog - CrowdStrike
Cybersecurity Blog  CrowdStrike

What is an RSS feed? Here’s why you should still use one - Digital Trends
What is an RSS feed? Here’s why you should still use one  Digital Trends

How Google Reader died — and why the web misses it more than ever - The Verge
How Google Reader died — and why the web misses it more than ever  The Verge

Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger - Search Engine Journal
Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger  Search Engine Journal

Boulevard Feed Request - Security Boulevard
Boulevard Feed Request  Security Boulevard

The podcast revolution — Harvard Gazette - Harvard Gazette
The podcast revolution — Harvard Gazette  Harvard Gazette

Subscribe to Foreign Blogs in your Native Language with Google Scripts - Digital Inspiration - Digital Inspiration
Subscribe to Foreign Blogs in your Native Language with Google Scripts - Digital Inspiration  Digital Inspiration

Military RSS Feeds - Military.com
Military RSS Feeds  Military.com

15 Companies That Really Get Corporate Blogging — SitePoint - SitePoint
15 Companies That Really Get Corporate Blogging — SitePoint  SitePoint

What Is Feedly? - Lifewire
What Is Feedly?  Lifewire

Madan Das – the RSS Leader who could say No - The Times of India
Madan Das – the RSS Leader who could say No  The Times of India

News Feed ranking, powered by machine learning - Facebook Engineering
News Feed ranking, powered by machine learning  Facebook Engineering

Mozilla plans to remove RSS feed reader and Live Bookmarks support from Firefox - Ghacks
Mozilla plans to remove RSS feed reader and Live Bookmarks support from Firefox  Ghacks

Read Salon's blogs in your RSS reader - Salon
Read Salon's blogs in your RSS reader  Salon

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Follow your favorite news, blogs and webcomics without Twitter  Cult of Mac

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20 years of Safari: A visual history  Cult of Mac

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Jumpstart your AI Learning journey with IBM for free  IBM

FOXNews.com RSS Feeds - Fox News
FOXNews.com RSS Feeds  Fox News

Round up - BBC
Round up  BBC

How To Create a Google Shopping Feed (2023) - Shopify
How To Create a Google Shopping Feed (2023)  Shopify

SCOTUSblog - Independent News & Analysis on the U.S. Supreme Court - SCOTUSblog
SCOTUSblog - Independent News & Analysis on the U.S. Supreme Court  SCOTUSblog

RRS Sir David Attenborough - British Antarctic Survey
RRS Sir David Attenborough  British Antarctic Survey

RSS must discard its anti-democratic-secular India agenda - The Indian Express
RSS must discard its anti-democratic-secular India agenda  The Indian Express

Official Boston Red Sox Website - MLB.com
Official Boston Red Sox Website  MLB.com

Content Syndication Basics: Who, What, Where, When, Why & How - Search Engine Journal
Content Syndication Basics: Who, What, Where, When, Why & How  Search Engine Journal

NetNewsWire is the best RSS reader for iPhone, iPad and Mac - Cult of Mac
NetNewsWire is the best RSS reader for iPhone, iPad and Mac  Cult of Mac

NCSC RSS feeds - National Cyber Security Centre
NCSC RSS feeds  National Cyber Security Centre

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Yahoo Mail RSS Reader (Screenshots!) Integrates Blogs into Email  Search Engine Journal

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh joins micro-blogging site Koo, would make all major announcements from the ‘Swadeshi’ social media platform  Organiser

RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 4 - The Times of India
RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 4  The Times of India

Broadcasting the World Cup and Wimbledon in UHD - the full story - BBC
Broadcasting the World Cup and Wimbledon in UHD - the full story  BBC

Star Wars News, Articles & Quizzes - StarWars.com
Star Wars News, Articles & Quizzes  StarWars.com

Feed Me Featured, Reviews Film Threat - Film Threat
Feed Me Featured, Reviews Film Threat  Film Threat

RSS Feeds Repaired, But What is RSS? - AccuWeather
RSS Feeds Repaired, But What is RSS?  AccuWeather

RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 1 - The Times of India
RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 1  The Times of India

Ruby Franke wrote 'I will not feed a demon' in journal as she starved and tortured her children, disturbing ne - Daily Mail
Ruby Franke wrote 'I will not feed a demon' in journal as she starved and tortured her children, disturbing ne  Daily Mail

RSS is not just antithetical to Muslims, but to a democratic-secular India as well - The Indian Express
RSS is not just antithetical to Muslims, but to a democratic-secular India as well  The Indian Express

The Editors: RSS feeds for BBC News correspondent pages - BBC
The Editors: RSS feeds for BBC News correspondent pages  BBC

Climate Change: The Blog of Bloom: The Princess Parrotfish and the Pea - BBC
Climate Change: The Blog of Bloom: The Princess Parrotfish and the Pea  BBC

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5 Inspirational Wedding Photographer Blogs to Follow  SLR Lounge

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Google SMS Channels: Send SMS Text Messages to your Group for Free - Digital Inspiration  Digital Inspiration

Narendra Modi behind anti-Gadkari campaign, blogs RSS ideologue - India Today
Narendra Modi behind anti-Gadkari campaign, blogs RSS ideologue  India Today

Is Rahul Gandhi confused about RSS? - The Times of India
Is Rahul Gandhi confused about RSS?  The Times of India

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