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Chapter 1. The Blog Phenomenon > The Popularity of Blogging

The Popularity of Blogging

Blogging became a popular web publishing trend in 1999 and grew steadily into large numbers simply by word of mouth or, in this case, word of blog. From the beginning, blogs were on the breaking edge of news, but when news became a lifeline, blogs turned into so much more than simple web publishing.

Blogs in the Midst of Tragedy

On the day America was attacked by terrorists, most major news sites like CNN and the New York Times were overloaded and unreachable. Everyone had gone home to turn on the television or sign on to the web. With the big news sites all jammed up, people had to find an alternative. They found blogs. Bloggers were tracking developments as they occurred, and some were logging in with personal experiences from ground zero.


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