This is a project for my media studies class that I chose to do about blogs. Since this is my blog, I decided to write a blog about it :). This is the information I found:
A quote that I just made up (or at least I’ve never seen it before and it came to my head): “There are as many things to blog about as there are to write about.”
I’m pretty proud of that.
Blogs can be everywhere; they are in fact everywhere. The internet scans the globe which happens to be the home of blogs. This space is transformed into their home by the ones that write them; the bloggers. To the bloggers, or at least to some, this is our home away from home since this is a place where we can post whatever we wish to share with the world.
History of Blogs
Blogs were originally called weblogs back in the 1990s when they first started to become popular. Some also say this is when they first started. This debate has been going on for years. Justin Hall was a student at Strawthmore College back in 1994 when he wrote his first blog. Others argue that Tim Berners-Lee, the credited inventor of the internet was the one to write the first blog since he wrote the first website. The term weblog was first used in 1997 by Jorn Barger, but it was shortened two years later by Peter Merholz to blog.
When blogs first came out there were only a handful of them; about 50. Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress, and others hadn’t been invented yet. 1999 was a big year for blogs since that year pitas.com was invented, creating the first website where anybody could create a blog; you didn’t need to know how to make a website to make a blog. The invention of this website led to others and the influx of blogs from 50 to over 2.4 million 5 years later.
Blogger was the website that changed the form of the content within blogs. Before there had been limits on what the writers could post; there had to be at least one link to another website. But with blogger, those restrictions disappeared, allowing people to post whatever they want.
Blogs became a home away from home where you can vent or post anything that comes to mind at that point in time. Teenagers, and mostly girls, these blogs are used as an online diary to get feedback about their life from their friends on the web.
In the publishing world, publishing companies usually have a marketing department where they set up interviews, book signings, book tours, anything to give an author a boost. This is still going on, but now the internet is making a stronger impact.
The internet allows for publishing companies to post their ads in another medium and reach more people faster. Along with that, there’s also the author taking a stronger initiative to get their book out there. It seems to me that there’s this unwritten rule where authors, or aspiring authors, need a blog to be hear. It does help, I believe, as well as the social network websites.
There are many different types of blogs ranging from personal to informative to political to educational. There’s no limit on what one could write about. There’s also a new trend going around called ‘vlogging’. It’s pretty much the same thing as blogging but instead of writing what you’re feeling or doing, you videotape it and post it on youtube or megavideo.
Along with the different forms and the ways they can be shared comes the supporting systems used so people can read/watch the blog. The internet, of course, is the main one. Then the company, or yourself, needs to get a web hosting support system. Then of course, last but not least, is the device in which you read the blogs from.
For the authors in the world, blogs are amazing! We can post and edit what WE want. There aren’t any restrictions except for our own, which allows our creative juices to flow however they wish. They truly are an excellent way to get information out to the world.
Blogs are also a way for people to connect with others around the globe. They can also be good for therapy. People don’t have to talk to someone; they can vent in a blog. This way, they won’t have to look up and see the look on their face as they’re judged. Everybody does it, no matter how hard they deny it or try to hide it. It’s just something that can’t be avoided. At least in my opinion.
Websites are changing how information gets out there, making us seem kind of like a virtual community. While that’s partially true, I don’t believe it’s fully true. We still have radio, television, newspaper and magazines, as well as gossip that’s travelled the old fashioned way by meeting people face to face. I think that blogs and social networks will work alongside the media.
Another thing is there is no real definition of time when reading a blog. I was reading one from ten years ago. Blogs will be there as long as the internet is. I believe that from blogging, people can realize things about themselves that they never thought of or knew before. I know I did, and so did Rebecca Blood, a blogger I was reading earlier.
Also information from my publishing class which came from my notes.
It was very interesting to write this. I enjoy learning about the history of things.
Until next time!
❤ night hawk