Blogging Across the Curriculum

Histories of the Weblog

Compared to the histories of humankind, the Weblog is a newborn. Or, perhaps, it has not yet left the womb. In Internet Years, the Weblog has almost come of age and the mothers and fathers of the Blog have documented every little smile and step along the way. Now the digital studies scholars and researchers are beginning to examine the subject while journalists jump on the band wagon or villify bloggers. Seems like everyone is talking about Weblogs.

Let’s start at the beginning. The history of the weblog is constantly being revised and debated, but most basic facts are agreed upon. Here are links to a few versions.



“One of the most significant things that happened with the growth of the weblog community is that weblogs became a conversational medium. Many editors would use their weblog to discuss things that had been said by another editor, using links to enable readers to follow threads. Arbitrary numbers of people could participate in such conversations, provided they had their own weblog.”

Sébastien Paquet


Weblogs.Com News: The History of Weblogs
“The first weblog was the first website,, the site built by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN. From this page TBL pointed to all the new sites as they came online. Luckily, the content of this site has been archived at the World Wide Web Consortium.”
From Dave Winer.

essays:: weblogs: a history and perspective
“In 1998 there were just a handful of sites of the type that are now identified as weblogs (so named by in Jorn Barger December 1997). Jesse James Garrett, editor of Infosift, began compiling a list of ‘other sites like his’ as he found them in his travels around the web. In November of that year, he sent that list to Cameron Barrett. Cameron published the list on Camworld, and others maintaining similar sites began sending their URLs to him for inclusion on the list. Jesse’s ‘page of only weblogs’ lists the 23 known to be in existence at the beginning of 1999.”
From what's in rebecca's pocket? (Rebecca Blood)

Personal knowledge publishing and its uses in research
“In this document, I analyze an emerging form of knowledge sharing that I call personal knowledge publishing. Personal knowledge publishing has its roots in a practice known as ‘weblogging’ that has been rapidly spreading on the World Wide Web over the last three years. It is a new form of communication that many expect will change the way people work and collaborate, especially in areas where knowledge and innovation play an important role.”
From Seb’s Open Research (SÈbastien Paquet)