Just Another Blog

… on a crowded street.

I imagine if I had an editor then this blog would frequently display messages similar to this:

John Peel 1975

© Sounds, 1975

This isn’t the first, second or even tenth time I’ve started a blog. I’ve blogged for years, on and off. I get bored. Give up and move on. When I first started ‘blogging’ the word didn’t exist (see below. LiveJournal were pretty much the only online journal site available, it was a small start-up with a few thousand members. Today hundreds of thousands of websites offer free blogs, and many websites have integrated them into their so-called ‘web 2.0′ refreshes. This blog itself is hosted at wordpress.com, because that’s the easiest way to do it.

It’s not hard to install your own software to run your own blog on your own domain. There are blogs to suit any taste and to provide any information. Consequently there are a whole lot of blogs with a lot of nothing on them. There are many blogs with no discernible audience or purpose, just the ramblings of teenage angst. We are flooded with blogs, rss feeds and often have no idea where to start. The name of this blog: crowded streets, is a nod to that.

Like most of my writing I have no idea where this blog is going to head. I have no idea what the topic of my next blog post will be. If I manage to keep my stamina up maybe this blog will find its way. Until then, I’m joining the masses of online droll and have no expectation that you will read beyond this point. If you do, feel free to leave at any time.

1. The word blogging was first recorded by the OED in 1999.

1999 Re: Description of Weblogs in deja.comm.weblogs (Usenet newsgroup) 27 July, Any aspiring author want to write ‘Blogging for Dummies’?

2000 Whole Earth Winter 53/1 Why is blogging so popular?.. The Web has long been home to tens of thousands of different cultures, but there hasn’t been a culture for the Web; not until bloggers came along. 2001Economist 6 July 67/1 Blogging..has in the past couple of years exploded from a cultish techie activity into a cottage industry churning out increasingly compelling content.
I take issue with the “increasingly compelling content”, although perhaps that perception has changed in the intervening 8 years. They define blogging as:

The activity of writing or maintaining a weblog.

They note in the entry for weblog that this was first used in 1997. Has anybody any evidence of this being used before? Did it then really take 2 years for the word to be clipped to ‘blog’?

If you hadn’t switched off before, I’m sure you have now.

Happy new year!


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