Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Blogging the Blog on its 10th Anniversary

Ever wondered who wrote the first blog? Hint: there's no simple answer. On roughly the tenth anniversary of the "blog", C-Net's News.com has an article up that talks about the form's origins (and possible definitions) and interviews some of those credited with being "first".

It's a thoughtful, well-considered article that goes back to the .plan files that pre-date the internet itself, including a shout-out to the most famous .plan of them all, maintained by id Software's John Carmack. We've come a long way since those simple text files, although the basic format of the blog (a reverse-chronological listing of individual posts) has not changed much.

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This is increasingly not a blog about Alphabet City, New York. I used to live in the East Village and work on Avenue B, but I no longer do. Why don't I change the name if I'm writing about Japan and video games and guitars? Because New Yorkers are well-rounded people with varied interests, and mine have gone increasingly off the rails over the years. And I don't feel like changing the name. I do still write about New York City sometimes.


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