The History of Blogging

Although blogging is a fairly recent invention and is getting more and more popular, its concept is not new at all. Electronic communities had existed long before the internet The AP wire was in many ways much like a large chat room where there were “wire fights” and electronic conversations.

Amateur ham radio operators were also an electronic community, these individuals set up their own equipment for transmitting information in order to communicate directly with others. Interestingly, in the early 1980s ham radio also had blogs called “glogs” that were nothing but personal diaries made using wearable computers.

Digital communities took many forms – Usenet, email lists and bulletin board services. In the 90s internet forum soft ware’s created running conversations with threads. The term “thread,” in reference to successive messages on one particular topic, comes from email lists and Usenet terminology, and “to post” from electronic bulletin boards, borrowing usage directly from their predecessors. In fact, many of the terms from blogging come from here.

Diarists also kept journals on the internet and most called themselves online diarists, journalists, or journalers. A few called themselves “escribitionists.” It is still undecided as to who invented or created the “first” blog. According to Wikipedia, Justin Hall who began his proto-blog in 1994 as a student is often credited with being the first online journalers, and thus the forefather of modern-day blogging.

The origin of the term “weblog” is also uncertain. In December 1997, Jorn Barger coined the term weblog on his own blog. The shorter version, “blog,” was coined by Peter Merholz, who broke the word weblog into the phrase “we blog” in 1999. This interesting play on words became popular and “blog” as a short form not only became a household noun, but also as a verb. Moreover, “to blog” and “blogging” not only came to mean a person editing or making a post to his or her own weblog, but ultimately it became a popular in the English speaking world. Even the Oxford English Dictionary soon included the terms “weblog”, “web logging” and “web logger” and in 2004, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary declared “blog” as the word of the year.

In 1998 there were very few sites that were blogs but soon after that, blogs grew in popularity. In a year’s time, the total number of blogs was estimated to be around 50, and 5 years later, there were millions.

You can create a blog for any purpose. It may be for your business or just to ventilate your own experience which is in other words your personal blog. Starting a blog is not all. You have to update the blog on a daily basis. Any important happenings of a day can be posted as a blog post. The title you apply to your blog post should be unique. The blog platform can be used for any topic you feel deserving. Business blogs are different. These blogs are used for communicating with the community for which it has been set up. It may contain the information about the products, about the employees, about the dealers and all other connected ones for the promotion of the business.

It has become tremendously popular in the last few years, and some of the biggest and best known blogs attract more visitors than any other industry. Individual blogs are the product of their author’s imagination, interest and humor, and it is this personal touch which has made them so popular.

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Bellaire Museum of Computer History Opens

Bellaire, TX (PRWEB) June 14, 2007

Bellaire, TX, has a new museum with displays of historical computer components. The history of electronic digital computers goes back to 1941, and that of microcomputers to 1975. Now, students and enthusiasts in the Houston area have a resource featuring many of the machines and systems which made their marks in the early days of the computer business.

“We’re very pleased to make these systems available in our display cases, and for discussion. One of my favorites is the Compaq luggable. It was one of the first PC clones, and really put Houston on the map in the computer industry,” said Mike Angwin, the founder of the museum and its principal benefactor.

The museum is located at 5302 Bellaire Blvd., in Bellaire, just outside the West Loop 610. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For small parties of up to six people, it is free. For large groups of seven or more, please make special arrangements.

Featured in the museum are the modem from an early Texas bulletin board system, 1986; one of the first Compaq portables from 1982; a Radio Shack TRS-80 with eight inch floppy disk drive, 1981; an old IBM disk drive from circa 1973; a Super Elf microcomputer from Quest, 1978. The museum also has one of the early acoustically coupled modems from the 1970s rated for 100 baud.

“We’ve already received several pieces of donated equipment in addition to our original showcase items. We’d be delighted to hear from people with older model microcomputers who don’t want to throw away their memories. Please call first, though, as we have limited display space,” museum manager Jay Hall commented.

Additional information on the museum is available at the store, or by calling 713-664-0002. Ask for Mike or Jay.


AV Programming Associates Releases Their First Book Entitled Our Code: History, Practices and Processes of AVPA

Carlsbad, CA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014

AV Programming Associates, Inc. (AVPA) today announced the release of their first book, entitled Our Code: History, Practices and Processes of AVPA. The self-published book is a collection of stories, lessons learned, business best practices and historic insights. After more than thirteen years as President of AVPA, Matthew Grisafe wrote Our Code as a means to illuminate the company’s history and provide a backdrop to AVPA’s current processes and thinking.

“The lessons we’ve learned over the years are applicable to nearly all small businesses, not just Crestron programmers or those in the professional audiovisual industry,” said Matthew Grisafe, President of AVPA. “Some of the topics covered include the founding of AVPA, our experience launching a new venture on September 11th, 2001 and some of the attitudes we believe a successful business should maintain.”

“We employ well-established processes, and customers often ask why we stick to them. We’re obviously not perfect, but we know what works and how to avoid pitfalls as we navigate projects. The book hopefully provides a context for those processes, a background that helps people understand how we got where we are, and where we’d like to go moving forward. Almost every chapter includes a personal story that explains some of the challenges we’ve faced. We avoided being preachy, but the book offers insights that should be relevant to small business owners of all types. In that way, I expect Our Code may be both an interesting and useful read for a broad audience.”

To learn more about Our Code, and to download the complete PDF, please visit

About AV Programming Associates

AV Programming Associates, Inc. is an independent programming company specializing in Crestron programming services and associated design support. Founded in 2001 and based in Carlsbad, CA, AVPA is known nationwide as a premier Crestron Service Provider (CSP) / Crestron Authorized Independent Programmer who delivers versatile control systems programming and user interface solutions for all markets. The company has developed applications for nearly all environments from elegant digital signage and CEO conference rooms to media rooms, whole house automation, houses of worship and command and control centers. For more information, visit the AVPA website at