Why should you blog? Well, if you are in one of my classes you will be required to. And if not? Well, let’s back up and see what, where, how the first blog started. Mashable did a great review of blog platforms which touches upon who actually did the first one.
In 1994, then Swarthmore College student Justin Hall started an online diary called Justin’s Links from the Underground. The site, which first started as a guide to the web, soon became an account of Hall’s life, and earned him the surely coveted title of pioneer blogger. Three years later, Jorn Barger would coin the term “weblog,” and its short form, “blog,” was later coined by Peter Merholz.
Even though Microsoft’s spell check insists that “blog” and “blogger” are not real words, they’ve been been in the dictionary since 2003. Google ‘blog’ and you get 2,830,000,000 choices. Technorati currently states it is tracking over 112.8 million blogs, a number which obviously does not include all the 72.82 million Chinese blogs.
A recent NY times article on why blogging:
A guy starts a clever blog in January and calls it Stuff White People Like. The site contains a list of cultural totems, including gifted children, marathons and writers’ workshops, that a certain type of moneyed and liberal American might be expected to like. Readers discover stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com, like it and forward links to their friends, who forward them to lots more friends. Newspaper columnists mention it, stealing — er, quoting — some of the better jokes. By the end of February, the NPR program “Talk of the Nation” runs a report on it, debating whether the site is racist or satire.
And then on March 20 Random House announces that it has purchased the rights to a book by the blog’s founder, Christian Lander, an Internet copy writer.
So you might want to blog in hopes of fame and notoriety.
But, maybe, just maybe, you have something to say. Here are some interesting quotes by bloggers and why they blog:
Blog posts authored by attorneys create a written record of thought leadership, opinion and authority.
The blogging movement is picking up speed as businesses begin to realize the benefits of blogging. Discover what a business blog can do for you.
Companies are breaking their necks to capitalize on the social influence that has taken hold across social media networks.
Because blog entries are always connected to specific dates, blogs provide the opportunity to discuss current events in the wider culture.
The structure of blogging allows each person to be heard, and leaves it to the audience to vote with their attention for content.
And from ONLINE Universities: Practically everyone has a blog these days: from homeschooling moms to teenage fashionistas. College students already have a lot to juggle between work, classes, clubs, sports, and socializing, but blogging can really help with organization, networking and learning how to apply your coursework to the real world. You don’t have to commit to blogging every single day, but posting a few times a week is worth your while.
Think about it.
I’ll introduce some platforms next time.