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Discovering the Roots of Blogging: A Beginner's Guide

Updated: May 29, 2023

A few days ago, I went out into the city and went on a little adventure to take pictures for my Korean blog. On the way back home, I was feeling a bit tired, and I started thinking to myself, "Oh god, this blogging stuff. Maybe I should take a break from it." But as fate would have it, right when I arrived at my doorstep, I found a book on blogging lying there!

"The Huffington Post Complete Guide To Blogging" I was like, what? Is this a sign from above telling me to keep going? lol.

Yes, I have been talking about blogging a lot.

It turned out that one of my friends had left the book there for me since I'd been talking about it for quite some time now. She found it in one of her daughters' rooms and thought it might be helpful for me.

Anyway, I am now slowly reading the book, which was published in 2008, making it over 15 years old. As a result, some of the content might be outdated and not quite aligned with current trends. But since it literally fell into my hands, I thought I should give it a read!

A sign from the universe to keep blogging
Is this a sign from the Universe to continue blogging?

The History of Blogs

As I started reading Chapter 1 of the book, I learned that the term "weblog" was coined in 1997 by Jorn Barger, the editor of Robot Wisdom. "Web" is a shorthand for "world wide web," and "log" is a shortened version of "logbook," so Barger combined the two words to create "weblog."

Huffington post guide to blogging peter merholz blog father

The term "blog" didn't come into popular use until 1999 when programmer Peter Merholz used it for his online site.

In an interview with Merholz, the 'Blog Father' in the book, he explains how he came up with the word 'blog'

There was a word, "weblog," used to describe the kind of site I was maintaining, with lists of links and annotations of the web. I shifted the syllables from web-log to we-blog, and that became "blog"

google definition of the term blog

Definition of the word 'blog'

Just out of curiosity, looked it up on Google to see what it says, the term "blog" is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Well, let's keep blogging!

Actually, since I started blogging, there has been a moment I wondered about where the word came from. Strange I never looked it up. It is something that you could easily google, right? Anyway, now the universe answered me where it came from and is also trying to teach me, and guide me through the chapters on how to blog, I guess I just have to keep blogging away. Will you join me?



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