Blogging was, over a decade ago, just a hobby that people could do in their spare time. It didn’t hold any weight as an actual career and you certainly couldn’t make money doing it. In the last fifteen years or so, this has changed drastically. Blogs have become staples of modern business and icons of modern entrepreneurs.
How did it all come to this, and where is it going? Today we’ll look at the evolution of blogging around the world and how this hobby became a viable career.
Blogging Around The World: An Evolution
The first “blog” is usually a title given to the website “Links.net.” This was created by Justin Hall, a Swarthmore College student, in 1994. In 1997, we first heard the term “weblog” which was coined by Jorn Barger.
Jump forward to 1998, and we have the first traditional blog which was written by Jonathan Dube. The topic? Tracking Hurricane Bonnie for the Charlotte Observer. During the early years of blogging, the big platforms were LiveJournal and Blogger. As time went on, different blogging platforms began to rise up and provide additional options.
By the time 2006 rolled around, there are over 27 million blogs according to Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere. It was around this time that new studies began to show millions of Americans reading blogs on a daily basis.
Today you’ll find that just about every business and startup has a blog. It’s the ideal way to reach people and provide valuable content. As time goes on, we’re going to see even more evolutions in the way blogs provide information.
Video blogs, or Vlogs are becoming more popular, in addition to micro-blogs which deliver more bite-sized content. One thing is certain, though: blogging isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s growing by the day.
Check out the infographic below for a look at just how quickly blogs have spread across the world and how fast they continue to grow. Do you have a blog of your own? Tell us about it in the comments!