Tuesday, June 22, 2010

History of blogging -- written in the year 2000

An early look at the blogging phenomenon from circa 2000: Portrait of The Blogger as a Young Man [Via Jason Kottke]. I loved reading this part:

.. [I]nevitably, articles have been written -- in Salon, The New York Times, Wired -- consecrating Web logs as yet another New New Thing: At one time or another in the last 12 months, they have been the future of journalism, a budding branch on the tree of literature, or both.

In fact, they are neither, say some members of the Web's weary anti-hype brigades. "Sorry, buddy -- you're just a dork who can't come up with anything more than a paragraph or two to say every day," wrote Teeth e-zine's Ben Brown in an open letter to Web loggers last spring. "You're not a designer, you're not a writer, and you're not an editor!"

Well, no, blogger, you're not. [...]