Blogging, the series: On blogging

Welcome to the first week of our series on Blogging, Blog Tours, and Publicity! Our focus this week will be on blogging: blogging history, why people blog, and the cost of blogging. You can read all of the interviews associated with this series on my blog, Blog Tour Spot. Today I’m featuring an interview with Randy Ingermanson of Advanced Fiction Writing fame.

To kick off our discussion here, let’s talk a little bit about the history of blogging.

Wikipedia defines social media as “the various activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words and pictures. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and “building” of shared meaning, as people share their stories, and understandings.”

The increasing role of social media is seen everywhere: news sites like allow reader comments or link blogs to nearly every article; television broadcast companies are experimenting with additional layers of interaction through blogs, extra content, and even creating websites of the fictional companies from the shows; major magazines also link to blogs or allow readers to email articles to others. And of course, blogging is gaining more and more exposure. Technorati alone claims to track 112.8 million blogs and estimates 175,000 new blogs are created every day.

Blogging (derived from the words web – log) is thought to have begun around 1994. A guy named Justin Hall creates what is generally considered to be the first blog, while a student at Swathmore University. In 1999, blogging really began to take off with the creation of a few blogging tools like livejournal, open diary, and blogger and the coining of the phrase “blog” as both a noun and a verb. (Check out NY Magazine for a timeline of the history of blogging.)

It’s crazy to me to see how this entire medium has exploded in the last 14 years (was 1994 really FOURTEEN years ago??). Do you remember when blogging started?

This concludes our little history lesson today. In anticipation of our next discussion, I’d love to hear about the reasons why you blog.

Hear from bloggers about their experiences with blogging, blog tours, and publicity. To read the interviews in this series, click here. (Randy Ingermanson is up today.)

To read all of the posts in this series, click here.



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