World's First Blogger? How Dumb.
ZDNet asks a stupid question – “Blogs turn 10 – who’s the father?”
Stupid for two reasons: First, blogging is older than 10 years. Second, I doubt anyone could prove who the father was anyway. Like most technology changes, blogging evolved naturally.
How do I know blogging is older than 10 years? Because I was blogging in 1995. We didn’t call it blogging, and it was missing some bells & whistles like RSS feeds, but blogging it was. At a dinner at GDC two weeks ago, I even ran into someone who’d gotten flamed on my blog during 1996. And there were a lot of people blogging before I did it – I was a copycat.
Dave Winer apparently claims to have the longest running blog on the Internet. Sorry, Dave, but that’s just not true – I know my friend sTeve started blogging in 1995 or 1996 with sCary’s Quakeholio (which has changed names, but still remains his). I believe my friends Blue and Redwood did as well. All of their sites have evolved into news-focused sites around video games, not unlike all the so-called “modern” bloggers who are now doing news and commentary, but the point remains – they’ve been blogging longer than 10 years, and so have I. We definitely weren’t the first, either – we didn’t invent the idea.
ZDNet got the whole .plan thing right, though – and ironically, much of sCary’s, Blue’s, and my initial posts were just reposts and commentary on id Software’s .plan updates.
But I’m still not sure why we care… ?