Why Blog?

Three days into blogging and I realized I have no idea why they I am calling this thing a blog. Where did the term originate? Is it any different than a diary?

And so began the search.

It was obviously no surprise that it was easier to get to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s history than to find the history behind the term ‘blog’. ‘Join us for behind the scenes drama and full coverage of one of the most opulent weddings’ obviously sounds a lot better than ‘A step back in the history of Blogs’.

I bet 20$ even my landlord’s dogs would be bored to death watching the history of blogs on national Television.

When google did not give me much, I had to go to Encyclopedia Britannica’s online website. Here is what I found out:

  1. Blog is the short for web-log.
  2. The term was ‘weblog’first coined by Jorn Barger in December 1997 to describe his online journal RobotWisdom.com.
  3. The term was shortened by Peter Merholz as his idea of a joke.
  4. The term then caught on as more geeks began to use it and by the time blogs became mainstream, the term was well settled and accepted.
  5. At the core, there really isn’t any difference between a diary and a blog apart from the fact that one is online and the other isn’t.
  6. Nobody is really sure about the origins of online blogging itself.
  7. ‘Blog’ was Merriam-Webster’s ‘Word of the Year’ for the year 2004

The growth of blogs as quoted in Britannica, ‘has been nothing short of remarkable’. Technorati, an internet search engine for searching blogs, does an annual piece called ‘The State of Blogosphere’ where they capture all sorts of data regarding blogs. If you are a numbers person you might want to check it out.

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