Before the 1990s, blogging was superficially understood by a person well conversant with a computer. During those periods, publishing tools were sophisticated and only used by computer scientists or individuals who were known to be elite hackers. The start of users posting their views online wasn’t yet invented and online publications were only seen as direct messages from businesses to consumers.
The amount of traffic visiting websites wasn’t enough to stir several publications or chronicling like what is happening today. Since the computer’s environment back then was full of codes, computer enthusiasts became fully immersed in coding. It hadn’t been thought possible that one day the internet will be a carrier of blogs, leave alone a social media platform.
As the years progressed further into 1995, web programmers started making web publishing tools that will see an average American, not a computer geek, log into a website and publish his diary. Without the tools, web publishing was a hectic field considering the user interface hadn’t helped someone navigate the murky territory of long lines of codes. Computers were majorly owned by big cooperation such as International business machines (IBM), Apple. People working in such an organization had in-depth knowledge of HTML, a programming language used in creating web pages, and their maintenance.
A blog originated from the word “weblog”, an informal term of the ’90s used to describe the activity of publishing content on the World Wide Web platform. The earliest of users including the likes of Justin Hall, a profound computer enthusiast who started blogging while in college, used it as a diary. This was to keep daily records of activities or reporting on a subject. Mind you, it wasn’t interactive as blogging now considering languages used in coding weren’t complex to allow seamless communication. It was an online diary where a blogger can vent as much as they want without getting the opinions of a user.
The earliest organizations fully to venture into blogging were the media conglomerates that used the web to publish and archive content. Although Ty Inc was granted the title of being the first organization fully to use the web to reach consumers, media outlets had a much more effective outreach. From engaging users with their daily, weekly, or monthly publications to allowing users’ participation. Paper printing was still a popular choice of getting news because in the ’90s computers hadn’t become portable. They were expensive and not everyone had access to them, slowing the growth of web writing.
At the near end of the ’90s, early bloggers took recording things personally and started sharing topics that affect people’s daily life or studies. Some went even and published education content for students. It revolutionized ways of accessing information from print to digital form and experts even argue that web chronicling was among the starters of the digital age. Because through blogging, users got more interactive which led to the formation of MABs, an acronym for multiple author blogs. This improvement of web blogs gave rise to the participation of newspapers, universities, and organizations. With such a framework in place, traffic increased tremendously, bringing forth multiple people to take part in sharing views or starting their blogs.
Jorn Barge, an influential American blogger, is accredited for using the word “weblog” in one of his publications in December 1997. In an interview, Jorn Barge said he referred to weblog as an action of logging into someone’s page, then leave a review or a post that is later fetched by the original user. This action catapulted the use of weblog in several web prints until Peter Merholz broke it into “we blog” in a side panel of his page, Peterme.com in 1999.
Evan Williams, a co-founder of Twitter but was working at Pyra labs saw Peter Merholz’s version and changed it into a “blog”. Before long, internet users had turned it into a noun, which meant a piece of content published on the internet for informing. The verb “blogging” is a derivative of a blog and is defined as writing on a blog. Web posting is not limited to text alone but other pieces of information such as photos and video clips. Individuals partaking in doing so are known as bloggers or those that do only videos are Vloggers.