The whereabouts of the first “actual” blog are quite uncertain. It would interest you to know that the beginning of blogs actually began before its appearance on the internet. Before the internet’s rise, there was a way for electronic communication in which people could use AP wire to have “wire chats” or “wire fights” on different topics and issues.
In the 1980s, at the same time, was the development of a radio program called “ham radio” where people could talk back and forth between broadcasters, creating more of a conversationalist response off of monologue reports and entries. Eventually, this form transferred into personal diary logs, called “glogs.” This suggests where the word “blog” started.
Soon, moving into the 1990s, electronic services including bulletin board services developed forum styles of recording conversation through internet software. This “conversation” style then lead to the word “thread,” which is a common word used in the blogging world today. The specific messages sent from the bulletin boards to start discussion off of topics were in fact called “posts,” another term related to the blogging posts. Bulletin boards were then adopted for some but not all businesses at the time to gather feedback on interrelated and situational topics, announcements, and sometimes issues.
Moving away from bulletins into internet forums, the blog was slowly starting to make its entrance. Journalists began adapting the forum-like structures into their own personal “weblogs” to continue their writing online from magazines, newspapers, and sometimes universities. One of the first to incorporate the first online “weblog” or “internet journal” was a student, Justin Hall, from Swarthmore College around 1994. Some web hosting programs and software began taking on some similar trends. It was not until three years after Hall’s appearance did “The Misanthropic Bitch” (TMB) begin to coin the word “blog.” The user would strike many controversial topics online. Many were shocked and responded to her topics and views.
This then got companies to thinking about making an online profit through blogs like TMB. Some of these companies offered personal journals and diary networks online, like Xanga and OpenJournal in 1998. It was around 1999 that LiveJournal, Pitas, and Blogger began to appear. The popularity of Blogger itself didn’t rise until years later.
The origins of the blog are definitely hard to pinpoint. As we can see, we understand its roots through other common electronic devices like AP wire and “ham” radio. It is positive that today, blogging is seen much differently than it has in the beginning. Almost everyone has one now. From companies to the next person in line, blogs are trendy and useful to our everyday society.