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World's First Blogger? How Dumb.

March 20, 2007

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.

sTeve may very well have been the first blogger hired for the fact that he blogged, though. Ritual Entertainment hired him on February 8th, 1997, to come be their in-house blogger.

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… ?

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  1. March 20, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Don, I’ve long maintained that Ric Ford’s MacInTouch is the original Mac blog, only we never knew to call it a blog back in the mid-’90s. I’m not sure when Ric took the site live, but it’s around the mid-decade mark, so he’s certainly up there with you as a pre-blog blogger.

  2. rick
    March 20, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Dave Winer credits Tim Berners-Lee with blog: http://www.userland.com/theHistoryOfWeblogs.

  3. March 20, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Where’s that quote from Santayana when we need it? 😦

    Am I the only one that remembers the BBS systems in the early/mid 80s? Were the two I used that had journals the only ones in the world that did? (I doubt it). Yeah, we didn’t call it “blogging” but SO WHAT, it was the same concept.

  4. March 20, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    I was a hard-core BBSer back in the day. Technically BBSes (and BIX/CompuServe/GEnie/Prodigy) weren’t weblogs, but you’re right, the concept is the same.

    Things just evolved naturally. 🙂

  5. March 21, 2007 at 11:10 am

    I remember a one page Wired article from the early 90’s where they featured some kid who had a site and posted all sorts of mundane aspects of his life and was very open about all sorts of strange private things. I wish I could remember what issue it was, but I can’t. I tried looking through the archive but I don’t think they include short bits like that.

    Anyway, yeah…the term Blog isn’t as old as the actual practice which predates it by many years.

  6. March 21, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Gavin: I think it was about Justin Hall – http://www.links.net/ – I’ve always thought that Justin was ahead of most people with the idea of ‘blogging’.

  7. March 21, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    That’s absolutely right. Nobody called them “blogs,” but the first thing most people did when they first used that “FREE 10 HOURS!” AOL diskette was to make a little page updating people on what they’ve been up to. There was no WordPress, no Movabletype, no Blogspot, but we certainly had our Hotdog editor and Netscape Navigator 3 Gold, with built-in HTML editor.

    Those were the first blogs.

  8. John
    March 22, 2007 at 7:36 am

    Well – let’s be clear – in 1968 IBM mainframe’s had a system that was used for project communication and it was simply a Blog of ideas – Blog that…

  9. November 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

    This was great last time, looking forward to it!

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