The History of Blogging

  • Blogs turn 10–who’s the father? It may not be one of the Internet’s grandest accomplishments, but with the number of active bloggers hovering somewhere around 100 million, according to one estimate, there are some serious bragging rights to be claimed by the first person who provably laid fingers to keyboard in the traditional bloggy way.

Interesting read including the history of technologies leading up to the blog (ways to propagate personal information or lookup such information). While the article focuses on men, I want to point out that a woman (Carolyn Burke) is mentioned as posting the first online diary in 1995, a couple of years before the 1997 date used for the start of blogging. Does that make her the mother of blogging?

Update: Here is a link to John Cormack’s .plan (mentioned in the article) converted into blog format. John is the creator of Doom and Quake and used to update his .plan in a pre-blog way to communicate what he was up to.