The origin of blogging does not confine itself it the commercialization and the widespread acknowledgment it receives today, but to the very introduction of its means: the Internet.
(This post is in accordance for last week’s class participation and attendance.)
A Short History
ARPA (Advance Research Projects Agency) is the Scientific arm of the U.S. Dept. of Defence develops the internet to gain edge over the Soviet Union.
1960s – Development of computers from mere arithmetic machines to connectors among computer networks. The TCP / IP or Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol was created. Followed by the PRNET (San Fracisco Bay Packet Radio Network) and SATNET (Atlantic Packet Satellite Network).
1972 – creation of electronic mail (e-mail) spread across 23 servers.
1974 – first commercial service called Telenet by BBN.
1980 – Usenet platform (by user of UNIX OS) became the first example of a global community.
1983 – Integration of Usenet in ARPA.
1994 – First generally recognized blog, Links.net was created by Justin Hall.
1997 – The term ‘weblog’ was coined by Jorn Barger. It refers to the process of logging the web as he browsed. He also made a blog to solely comment on sites he was linked to.
1998 – First blog on a traditional news site The Charlotte Observer entitled “Hurricane Bonnie”.
1999 – “weblog” to just “blog by Peter Meholz who is also accountable for definitions of blog and blogger. Also the times of LiveJournal and Blogger, which are both responsible for bringing blogging further out into the mainstream. In totality, there existed 23 blogs on the internet.
2001 – Guides and blog-starting tutorials began cropping up. Blogs like Huffington Post, Wonektte and Gawker started.
2002 – U.S. bloggers create hype about the political position of Sen. Strom Thurmod. Devices like Technorati became the first major blog search engine.
2003 – WordPress was created, as well as new technologies such as the TypePad (based on Movable Type Ver. 1.0). AdSense, the first advertising platform, made it possible for bloggers in small platforms to earn money from blogging. Audioblogger is the first major podcasting service.
2004 – political consultants, candidates, and mainstream news organizations begin to correspond with bloggers.
2005 – Studies show that 32 million Americans read blogs. Garrett M. Graff, a blogger, was granted White House press credentials.
2007 – Tumblr, the first major site allowing the rise of Microblogs (or Tumblogs particularly).
2010 – more than 152 million blogs in existence.
Types of Blogs
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Among the different blogs type, the personal blogs belong to the largest category of blogs which comprises of blogs relating to personal topics such as music, travel, family health, politics and so on.
Business types of blogs are related to professional category and they usually belong to professionals ranging from real estate professionals to lawyers and stock brokers and even doctors. Professionals from varied fields are making use of blogging sites to share their expertise, and various business houses companies have come to realize the power of blogs to personally engage with their customers.
WordPress is a very popular blog which is popular among the teachers and students communities for educational purposes such as facilitating collaborate among different groups regarding classroom projects.
These kinds of blogs are used by non-profit foundations, charities, and human rights activities groups as a medium to raise awareness among people and also raising money for their causes.
Thus, news blogs are those online sites which are updated on by news bloggers on regular basis. There are so many kinds of news blogs which provide latest news, worlds news, and top news headlines from diverse fields such as entertainment, movies, sports, career, and technology and so on
Politics types of blogs are mainly used by Members of parliament, political parties, and government agencies for the purpose of getting connected with their respective constituencies to gain more insights into local matters.
Military blogs type are used by members of the military and they are highly sensible and only members are allowed to post content and comments on these kinds of blogs.
There are dedicated sports blogs on the internet where so many teams, athletes, and fans make use of blogs to express and share their passion for different kinds of sports.
There are many people who prefer to keep their blogs private and thus share photos and other personal information within close friends and families only.
The following is take from well know and experienced blogger, Jeremy Littau and his valuable advice intended to inform the general public of what it takes to become successful blogger. It emphasizes the importance of Interlinking which provides and acquires information and useful contacts and resources to the blogger and the reader; interlinking which is the principal act of creating the blogging community, and consequently the macro outcome which constitutes the broad subject that is the Blogosphere.
“STRUCTURE OF THE BLOGOSPHERE
- Tell the truth –We link to evidence. We correct mistakes transparently. Idle speculation is for hacks. We are open to changing our minds. As Ken Layne once famously said of the blogosphere: “It’s 2001, and we can fact-check your ass.”
- Give credit –Don’t claim thoughts, opinion, ideas that aren’t yours. It’s ok to say something inspired you to write your post. Show people that inspiration.
- Thank you –The social web is built on reciprocal sharing. We call it the “thank you economy.” I comment on and share your posts. You do the same. We create our own reading network together. And we expect to be heard.
10 ESSENTIALS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BLOG
- Link –Links explain things. They prove things. The facts buttress your arguments.
- Technical style –Double space between paragraphs. Use good punctuation and grammar.
- MY style –Develop your own voice for this topic and content. This takes time.
- Imagine your audience –This is important. Who are you writing for? Write for them. The answer to this question matters because it dictates how in-depth you have to go on explaining things or whether linking will suit you.
- Tag – Use tags and categories on every post.
- Show –Videos and pictures break up text. They are a must. Use descriptive captions for photos as you would in a publication. Tell people what is going on.
- Promote –Share your link everywhere you can.
- Optimize for search –Also known as search engine optimization (SEO); put as much explanation of the topic in the headline.
- Thank people –If someone comments on a post and asks a question, respond. If they tweet or retweet your link, thank them. Remember the thank-you economy.
- Analyze –Look at your analytics, both basic and complex. Who is reading and sharing your work. Maybe your actual audience is different or wider than your imagined one. Adjust accordingly.
THE BLOGGING JOURNEY – from me to the global village
- Blog what you know about
- Blog what you care about
- Find your tribe
- Go from content creator to curator
BRANDING YOUR BLOG WELL
- Descriptive title
- Use the description text to explain what the blog is about
- Design scheme matches the context. Serious political blog? Maybe rainbows and puppies aren’t a good idea for your blog background.
- Tell people who you are
- Show off your other work (Twitter feed, etc.) and be sure to crossbrand it well (i.e. same username everywhere)”
The Future of Blogging
I could not have said it better:
“With producers as well as users looking for more functions of the internet, the blogosphere format is rapidly changing as well, allowing the bloggers access to a wide variety of activities and functions. Hence, the number of bloggers is rapidly increasing. The bloggers are in control of the situation as their demands lead to the development of new features in the blogging software, which aim at catering to the various needs of the blogger. For the above reasons, the blogosphere is expanding at an unpredictable rate.” – by Dan Petrovic, Managing Director at dejanseo.com.au
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