Evolution of the Blogger (via Flowtown)

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Who remembered those years when we still keep a so-called “biodata” journal, going around to collect all your classmates’ personal info before you graduate from high school?

I would say those practices are the origin of the world of weblogs. We love people who want to know more about ourselves. Hence we put our information out in the public (warning: this is pretty stereotypical. Merely my thoughts). People began blogging about two decades ago, when online diaries were introduced to us. Well, it wasn’t really “blogging” then when as it was basically info entry. Yet this ritual became more prominent when people notice that blogs carry effective self-promotions.

The term “blogging” then became almost equivalent to “being cool.” A large group of “bloggers” were identified near the mid-90s. Bloggers write, or blog, for many purposes: sharing their expertise, providing tutorials/how-to’s, showcasing prized possessions/artworks, or even simply ranting for no particular reason.

Businesses and politicians began to pick up this powerful tool to further enhance their presences and reputations. Blog spaces became a place for advertising and public relations.

With even more innovation, photoblog, vlog (video) and linklog were born. The next generation of blogging is considered to be “micro-blogging,” where short shout-outs/statuses on social networks will replace the lengthy/wordy blog entries. Nonetheless, nothing can be more effective in information delivery and being “cool” at the same time.

Source: NYMag.com. Economist. Read more articles by Flowtown.


About Jason Tham

Jason Tham is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. His research interests are digital pedagogy, connectivism and connected learning, computers and writing, and visual rhetoric.
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