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Chapter 1. Introduction to Blogging > The World of Blogging

1.1. The World of Blogging

There are hundreds of thousands of blogs on the Internet, and new blogs are created every day. Originally, they were known as weblogs, a term coined by Jorn Barger. The word implies that it might be a record of where some editor has been that day and what she has seen along the way. Now they're blogs (as in "we blog"), a term coined in jest by Peter Merholz (http://www.peterme.com), and contain everything from political commentary to private journals.

The word blog is also a verb meaning to maintain a blog ("Yah, I blog from time to time.") or to post something to a blog ("Oh, that is so cool, I'm gonna blog it as soon as I get home."). Most people use software to automate the maintenance of their blogs, rather than edit the raw HTML themselves. Chapter 2 through Chapter 9 explore some of the most popular blogging tools.


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