Rebecca Blood gives a sort of run through of blog history.
She compares how blogs were when they first started, around 1997, to how they are now (well, kind of now. The post was written in 2007). According to her research, at the start of 1999, there were exactly 23 know blogs, and it was easy to keep track of them. By the end of 1999, however, blogs caught on and suddenly there were thousands. It became hard to keep track of them all.
Brigitte Eaton described a blog as a “site consist of dated entries”. This definition changed as blogs became more common place. They were then described as: “a website that is updated frequently, with new material posted at the top of the page”.
When blogging first started, they were only for linking a particular site, and then adding commentary. After Blogger, a site that made blogging easier, a different format of no restrictions was introduced. Blogger made is so that people could post in journal form. They started writing down their thoughts, ideas, and what transpired in their life that day.
Blood point out that weblogs give the blogger (as well as the reader) the opportunity to voice his/her opinion on subjects that are happening in real life. In turn, this may lead to them having more confidence in not only their online persona, but also in real life. In addition to this, it gives both blogger and reader the power to make their own stance on things that they read and/or hear on TV. They are also given the option to question whether those facts are real and explain why they they so.
Thankfully, given time for the technology to develop, blogging became more accessible to readers. In 1997, when weblogs first started, the knowledge of being able to code HTML was needed in order to have a blog. It wasn’t until the middle of 1999 when sites such as Blogger, Pyra, Edit This Page, Velocinews, and Metafilter made blogging available to the ‘average Joe’.
Unfortunately, I was unable to read one of the other articles provided in its entirety. I did, however, start Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s The Pleasure of the Blog: The Early Novel, The Serial, and The Narrative Archive. In this paper, Fitzpatrick “centers around the relationship between writing and the self as constructed through blogging”.