Blogging traces its roots to the term weblog which is a term firs used by a guy John Barger on the 17th of December 1997. Later on in April 1990 another guy, peter Merholz, broke the word weblog to blog on the sidebar of his blog peterme.com. Later on the term blog gained popularity being used by other bloggers such as Evan Williams at Pyra labs. The term was used both as a verb and a noun. Blogging at first started quit slow then it gained popularity in the next years. The year 1999 was the climax for blogging as more people came up as bloggers and the number has been rising ever since.
A blog is basically a personal diary usually published on the World Wide Web. Blog can also be used as a verb to mean the act of posting or adding content to the blog. Blogging usually is the works of a single person and occasionally the works of a group of people (usually small). Blogging can also be explained as a form of social networking. This statement is justifiable in the sense that the mind behind blogging is to air your views to the outside world about certain topics and interacting with them through the comments they leave. Bloggers also interact with other bloggers.
Blogging came into lame light in the late 1990s, coinciding with the advancement of web browsing tools. Before then only technical web users could post content online but with the advent of tools such as the HTML and FTP, non-technical web users could post their views online for viewers all over the world. Blogs are interactive, a quality that distinguishes them from other web contents. Blogging in majority cases will function as personal online diary, certain products advertisement for companies or blogs commenting on particular issues. The blogger (person posting the blog) leaves an option of the reader leaving behind a comment on the product they have advertised or questions as well as options of commenting even on the personal journals. A blog will consist of texts, images, links and web pages. This content leads to blogs being categorized as photo blog, video blog, art blog, podcasting, mp3 blog and micro blogs (the really short blogs).
There are many types of blogs:-
- Personal blogs
- Organizational(corporate) blogs
- Blogs by genre
- Blogs by media
- Blogs by device.
- Reverse blogs.
Researches have been done to determine how and why blogs gained popularity so fast. So far, only two theories have been formulated popularization by citation and through affiliation. Personally, as a third party with no personal interest in the subject matter, I would say that the theory behind the popularization of blogs is the fact that blogs touch on the core human issues. Most blogs you find out there touch mainly on what we go through every day of our lives thus raising the need for us to discuss it. Others for example on products though not very popular are on those basic products you would never do without. This brings me to the conclusion that blogging is popular for its humanitarian touch.