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Part I: Basic Blogging > The Blog Phenomenon

Chapter 1. The Blog Phenomenon

Maybe you’ve heard of blogs, and maybe you haven’t yet—but you will. I discovered blogging through a web site called Blogger when it launched in 1999, and I have been hooked ever since. I fell in love with this automated method of independent publishing the day I created my first blog. Now, more than two years later, I am still blogging away like a maniac.

Today, blogs are taking over the web at warp speed. Where did they come from? Why are they here? Are blogs merely a means to some devious alien end for humanity? Perhaps. In this chapter, we’ll dig into the history and chronology of the blogging revolution, discuss what a blog actually is, tour some good examples of blogs, and find out why they’re so popular.


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