The Wall Street Journal is wrong.
- I’ve been blogging since 1995. I wasn’t the first, I was a copycat (the concept of journaling on the web was also obvious). It wasn’t called blogging then but it was the same stuff – semi-regular, dated journal entries at a single location.
- sTeve ‘sCary’ Gibson may very well be the first paid blogger. He was hired to blog on February 8th, 1997. I believe he started in 1995, too, but you’d have to ask him – his blog has evolved into Shacknews.
- Blogging, at least in our corner of the world, originated from .plan updates, which we naturally evolved to the web instead.
All of this data is out there, it’s easily researched. So why doesn’t anyone do it?
UPDATE: Found a link to one of my friend’s old archives. Unfortunately, as he notes on there, he’s lost some of his early entries (anything before July 1996), but he began even earlier.