It was around a year ago that I first came up for the idea for Blog Trackr. It was born as a solution for bloggers and marketers like me who wanted to get ahead of the competition. And boy is there competition. Then, around five months ago, we released the first iteration of Blog Trackr as a private beta. And now we’ve got Blog Trackr free. Read more “Our latest journey: The Founder Institute”
When you write a new blog post, your first objective should be how to make sure your readership knows about it. The obvious channel is to post an update to your social media pages, but there are other strategies to let your audience know about your most recent article. One of those ways is to tap into the power of email communication. This article will outline the basics of email marketing so that you can better tap into an ever-growing audience. Read more “The Power of Email Communication”
Guerilla marketing for blogs… what the heck is that? For a blogger on a budget, or even a small business, it may be one of the best tools in your belt. In short guerilla marketing is the method of using unconventional and cost effective tactics to stick to a budget while crafting an effective marketing campaign. Read more “Guerilla marketing for blogs, not just for zoo critters”
Tech startups are 2017’s gold rush. Everyone is running to them with dollar signs in their eyes and many are walking away disappointed. Isn’t ironic that the tech boom is happening in California? The many who flood into Silicon Valley aren’t necessarily failing because they are underfunded or have bad ideas, though that may contribute, they are failing because they don’t know why they are trying in the first place. Read more “Our ‘why’: the story of Blog Trackr”
Here at Blog Trackr, we are devoted to blogs because we simply enjoy writing blog articles on issues we are passionate about. For example, I used to write for the blog Monstah Mash, a blog devoted completely to the Red Sox. While blogging, our goal was not to be just another Red Sox blog out there because there are plenty. We wanted to provide our own unique spin on current Red Sox news. Read more “Top Three Lessons Learned at Monstah-Mash”
In this final segment of our blogging history series, we will look at recent blogging developments and examine blogging’s promising future as 2017 continues. Read more “A Blogging History: Blogging’s Promising Future”
Blogging is something single guys in their mom’s basements do right? Why should my company blog?
Well imaginary questioner, you’re wrong and you should blog because, frankly, if you’re not you’re behind. Blogging has become essential to growing and marketing businesses in the past five years, making companies still relying on cold calls look like they belong on display in the local museum. Read more “Why should my company blog?”
In this third installment of our blogging history series, we will be looking at the growth of blogging from a typically short article to other forms of media. Blogging was about to differentiate into novel types of displaying content and sharing your opinion on an issue. Read more “A Blogging History: Blogging Differentiates”
Last week, Blog Trackr began a mini-series of blogging articles dedicated to exploring the history of blogging. In this segment, we will discussion how blogs started to expand in the early 2000s as they increased in number.
The End of the Nineties
At the end of the 1990s, more resources emerged for aspiring bloggers. One of these, called Open Diary, became a pivotal blogging platform as it was the first time others could comment on others’ works.
Clearly, this was a major development because it allowed for bloggers to engage in a dialogue with their readership.
As mentioned in the last installment, 1999 saw the term “blog” take form and included the emergence of Live Journal, Blogger and Xanga all launched as blogging software options. They all proposed unique features designed to distance themselves from these new competitors.
Expansion in the Early 2000s
As blogs started to populate the internet, the most popular were political blogs. In one famous incident in 2002, US Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott praised US Senator Strom Thurmond and even going so far as to say the US would have been better off had he won the presidential election of 1948. In this post, Lott incited controversy as Thurmond was a supporter of racial segregation.
Blogs were becoming a form of expressing your ideas and creating a dialogue among those to discuss them. In-depth topic blogs examined contemporary issues in more depth than traditional media sources and blogs could even comment on what the traditional media was reporting.
In 2002, the same year Lott wrote his controversial post, Mommy Bloggers started to form. Melinda Roberts founded TheMommyBlog.com creating a category of blogs that would only accelerate the number of bloggers in the future.
2003: A Pivotal Year for Bloggers
2003 was an important year for bloggers. The blogging platform WordPress started in 2003 and that same year also saw the inauguration of the AdSense advertising platform which was the first ad network to match ads to the content on the blog.
AdSense made it possible for first-time bloggers to start making money off their blog even if payments to low-traffic blogs was not huge.
Once bloggers had the chance to make money off their blog, the number of blogs only skyrocketed. Bloggers like Darren Rowse and John Chow used their blogs to give advice on how other bloggers could turn blogging into a full-time career.
In 2002, Newsweek predicted that blogs would soon replace traditional media sources as a go-to place for the public to search for news. Examples like the Lott episode clearly show that blogs were here to stay.
In the next installment, we will examine how blogging expanded in the mid-2000s and what impact YouTube had in blogging’s development.
At Blog Trackr, we have devoted blog posts to covering basic and more advanced blogging tips and tricks. However, have you ever wondered where blogging began?
For the next few blog posts, I will spend time introducing you to blogging’s history from its humble origins to its rising popularity in the last five years.
Join me on this little history of blogging and continue to research how your own blog can contribute to the larger, blogging story.
Beginning of Blogging 1994-1997
A random piece of information that you can use to stump your friends is who created the first blog? People trace blogging’s history to the Swarthmore College dorm room of Justin Hall, whose blog, links.net, reviewed different examples of HTML examples he found.
The New York Times ran with this idea and called Hall “the founding father of personal bloggers.” What is interesting about this origin of blogging history is that Hall’s website was simply called a “personal homepage.”
Three years after Hall introduced the idea of blogs, people started calling blogs by the name we know them now today.
Jorn Barger, a blogger for the early blog Robot Wisdom coined the term “weblog” to describe the process of logging the web while he searched the internet for quality content.
Period of Growth into Mainstream Media
In 1998, Jonathan Dube blogged about Hurricane Bonnie for the Charlotte Observer which marked the first time someone started a blog for a traditional news site.
Gradually, the term “weblog” got shortened to blog and five years later the Merriam-Webster dictionary declared the term their “word of the year.”
What Did Early Blogs Look Like?
Obviously, over time blogs have become even easier to create and manage on your own without much technical expertise.
However, in its early days the original blogs were clunkier and had to be updated manually, often from a central home page.
That was often inefficient. Programmers were the only ones who had the technical knowledge to manage a blog and make them successful.
However, that was soon about to change. LiveJournal was one of the most recognizable early blogging platforms, but it was soon replaced by the platform Blogger.
Blogging was ready to take a huge leap forward and enter a new era of sharing ideas easily and to a wide audience.