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History of Blogging

History of Blogging

A lecture given in PUB101: Publication of Self in Everyday Life @ Simon Fraser University


Juan Pablo Alperin

September 16, 2014

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  1. TIMELINE 1979 – Invention of USENET 1983 – mod.ber (USENET

    group w/ summaries) (Brian Redman) 1984 – creation of listserv 1992 – 1st Web Page (Tim Berners-Lee) 1994 – 1st online diary and 1st personal homepage (Claudio Pinhanez & Justin Hall) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17421022
  2. TIMELINE cont’d 1994 – travel-library.com is launched, bringing collection of

    USENET posts to the Web 1997 – term Weblog was coined by Jorn Barger 1997 – SlashDot launches 1998 – Open Diary launched – Would later be followed by LiveJournal (1999), DiaryLand (1999), Pitas (1999), Blogger (1999), Xanga (2000), Movable Type (2001) and Wordpress (2003). http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17421022
  3. TIMELINE cont’d 1999 – Invention of RSS 2001 – Big

    name bloggers begin to emerge 2001 – Gizmodo, BoingBoing 2001-2004 – rise of political blogs 2003 – Pyra Labs sells “Blogger” to Google http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17421022 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging
  4. The practices of the left blogosphere are more consistent with

    an interpretation of a participatory public sphere and a steady expansion of prosumption practices. The practices of the right blogosphere are, however, more consistent with the claims that the networked public sphere is no less elitist than the mass-mediated public sphere. “ ” Shaw, Aaron & Benkler, Yochai. 2012. A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and Right. American Behavioral Scientist. 56(4) 459–487. DOI: 10.1177/0002764211433793.
  5. TIMELINE cont’d 2004 – “blog” declared “word of the year”

    in M-W dictionary 2004 – first videoblog (vlogs!) – a year before YouTube 2006 – launch of Twitter 2007 – launch of Tumblr http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17421022 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging
  6. You couldn’t tweet out links to your blog to thousands

    of followers or like your own post on Facebook in hopes that others would, too. In those days, if I wanted people other than my immediate sphere of influence to read my blog, my best bet was to get another blogger to link to my post. And that meant becoming friends with that person. Which required time and work. There were some important lessons to learn in those early days of blogging: 1. Blogging was about relationship — period. 2. If you had a blog, you were rare and different, already remarkable. 3. The goal wasn’t to “go viral.” It was to be consistent. 4. A slow growth to success was the only way. 5. People were less concerned with being polished and more concerned with being real. Transparency was a must. http://goinswriter.com/early-blogging/ “
  7. I wonder what would have become of me if I

    had come of age as a writer during these years of living out loud. My parents were in a car crash in 1986 that killed my father and badly injured my mother. If social media had been available to me at the time, would I have posted the news on Facebook? Tweeted it to my followers as I stood on line to board the flight home? Instead of sitting numbly on the plane, with the help of several little bottles of vodka, would I have purchased a few hours of air time with Boingo Wi-Fi and monitored the response—the outpouring of kindness, a deluge of “likes,” mostly from strangers? And ten years later, would I have been compelled to write a memoir about that time in my life? Or would I have felt that I’d already told the story by posting it as my status update? “ ” Shapiro, Dani. 2014, August 18. A Memoir is Not a Status Update. New Yorker. Available at http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/memoir-status-update
  8. I worry that we’re confusing the small, sorry details—the ones

    that we post and read every day—for the work of memoir itself. “ ” Shapiro, Dani. 2014, August 18. A Memoir is Not a Status Update. New Yorker. Available at http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/memoir-status-update