Minggu, 15 Januari 2023


At first blogs were referred to as "weblogs" which were first introduced by Jorn Barger on December 17, 1997. Weblogs can be interpreted as a website that updates frequently. Then in April or May 1999, the term "weblog" was shortened to "blog" by Peter Merholz.

The first blog was the What's New page on the Mosaic browser created by Marc Andersen in 1993. Mosaic was the first browser on the Internet before the birth of Internet Explorer and Netscape. Then in January 1994, Justin Hall created his personal website under the name Justin's Home Page which eventually changed to Links from the Underground, the first blog we know today.

In July 1999, the first free blogging service known as Pitas was born. But what popularized blogs for the first time was Blogger.com which was owned by PyraLab company in Silicon Valley in August 1999. Blogger.com offers a free and simple blog creation facility without having to know the basics of web programming so that it is in great demand by internet users. Due to the growth rate at blogger.com increasing by 20% per month, in February 2003, the Google company acquired PyraLab company so that Google became the new owner of Blogger.com.

Below is a timeline of the development of the blog:
Bruce Ableson launched Open Diary in October 1998 which has grown to thousands of online diaries. Open Diary created the Reader Comment function so Open Diary became the first blogging community to allow readers to comment on other people's blogs.
Brad Fitzpatrick founded LiveJournal in March 1999.
Evan William and Meg Hourihan (Pyra Labs) launched Blogger.com in August 1999 (later acquired by Google in February 2003).
With the development of the blog, new terms related to blogs emerged, namely blogosphere and blogstrom. A blogosphere is websites that are interconnected by means of weblogs, or as a whole a collection of weblogs, while a blogstrom is a collection of waves of activity, information and opinion that are very large, repeatedly appearing on several subjects or are very controversial.

In addition to the new term, blogs are also divided into several types (quoted from Wikipedia):
Political blogs: About news, politics, activists and all issues based on blogs (Such as campaigns).
Personal blog: Also called an online diary that contains one's daily experiences, complaints, poems or rhymes, evil ideas, and conversations of friends.
Topical blogs: Blogs that talk about something, and focus on a particular subject.
Health blog: Get specific about health. Most health blogs contain patient complaints, the latest health news, health information, etc.
Literary blog: Better known as litblog (Literary blog).
Travel blog: Focus on discussing travel stories that tell information about travel.
Research blog: Academic issues such as the latest research news.

legal: A matter of law or legal affairs; also known as blawgs (Blog Laws).
Media blog: Focuses on the lies or inconsistencies of the mass media; usually only for newspapers or television networks
Religion blog: Discussing about religion
Educational blogs: Usually written by students or teachers.
Community blog: More specific topics written by certain groups.
Guide blog (directory): Contains hundreds of website page links.
Business blog: Used by employees or entrepreneurs for their business promotion activities
Embodiment blog: Focus on objects outside of humans; like a dog
Bullying blog (spam): Used for affiliate business promotion; also known as splogs (Spam Blogs)
Who was the first person to blog for the first time in the world?

I've actually created a blog since 2013, if I'm not mistaken. But not consistently blogging until now, hehe. When compared to other bloggers who have blogged before, maybe it's the umpteenth time I have a blog. Do you know the first person to have a blog? Who was the world's first blogger?

Search and search for the title of the world's first blogger seems to be divided. It is suspected that there are 2 people who are believed to be the temperature who started blogging activities for the first time.

According to several references that I read, it was stated that John Barger, a citizen of the United States, was the world's first blogger.

Barger with his blog called Robot Wisdom was recorded as the world's first blogger on December 17, 1997.

Barger also coined the term weblog to define what is now called blogging. The short term blog was coined by Peter Merholz in 1999. Peter broke the word weblog into we blog in the sidebar of his blog, peterme.com . Furthermore, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs uses the term blog as a noun or verb that refers to blogging activities.

However, it seems that John Barger's title as the world's first blogger will be erased after the discovery of new facts, that the person who first started blogging activities in the world was a student who later became a journalist from the United States named Justin Hall.

Hall created his personal website Justin's Home Page in 1994 (three years before John Barger). In December 2004, the New York Times Magazine pinned the nickname on Justin Hall as
the founding father of personal blogging or the founder of personal blogs.

If you look at the data, the title of the world's first blogger deserves to be pinned on Justin Hall. However, it would not be fair if we removed the name John Barger from the ranks of the first people to carry out blogging activities.

Well, to be fair, it was Justin Hall who became the first blogger. Meanwhile, Jhon Barger was the first to coin the term weblog, the forerunner to the term blog.

And in the end, whoever becomes the first blogger in the world deserves to be rewarded, whether it's just ceremonial. New bloggers also do not mean feeling inferior. Because it doesn't matter who started blogging first. Especially from the blog, to what extent are the benefits of the blog content and how consistent is the blogging

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