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BlogBib: Articles & Interviews About Blogs

Part 2 of BlogBib, An Annotated Bibliography on Weblogs and Blogging, with a Focus on Library/Librarian Blogs...

by Susan Herzog, Information Literacy Librarian @ Eastern Connecticut State University

Part 1: Definitions & History


Paquet, Sébastien. “Personal Knowledge Publishing and Its Uses in Research (1/2).” National Research Council of Canada. http://www.knowledgeboard.com/item/253/2010/5/2008.

1. Defining the term

Weblogs may be viewed as an evolved form of personal Web pages, or 'home pages'. The term, coined by Jorn Barger in 1997, refers to a web site that is a 'log of the Web', indicating a record that points to material available on the World Wide Web. A weblog editor is often called a weblogger. The shorthand terms blog and blogger are also commonly used; usage of the word 'blog' has become so common that it has recently been drafted for inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Definitions from Peter Scott's Weblogs Compendium

“This is a list of articles which attempt to explain what weblogs are:

Anatomy of a Weblog - Cameron Barrett

Fear of Links - Scott Rosenberg

Here Come the Weblogs - Jon Katz

Unofficial Glossary of Weblog Terms - an unofficial glossary of terms related to Weblogs, Webzines, and Personal Publishing by John Hiler

Weblog resources FAQ - Jorn Barger

Weblogs: A History and Perspective - Rebecca Blood

What are weblogs? - Dave Winer

What are weblogs? - the November 16/2001 definition - Dave Winer

What is a weblog? - Guardian Unlimited

What the hell is a weblog? - Derek Powazek

Walker, Jill. Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory (2005). http://huminf.uib.no/~jill/archives/blog_theorising/final_version_of_

final version of weblog definition
An excerpt from a definitive definition, written for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory (2005), by Dr. Jill Walker, Department of Humanistic Informatics, University of Bergen, Norway:

“A weblog, or blog, is a frequently updated website consisting of dated entries arranged in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first (see temporal ordering). Typically, weblogs are published by individuals and their style is personal and informal. Weblogs first appeared in the mid-1990s, becoming popular as simple and free publishing tools became available towards the turn of the century. Since anybody with a net connection can publish their own weblog, there is great variety in the quality, content, and ambition of weblogs, and a weblog may have anywhere from a handful to tens of thousands of daily readers.”

glossary from Samizdata

“Like all internet formats, weblogs, also known as ‘blogs’, have developed many terms which may baffle newcomers. The Blogging glossary is a resource for people who want to decode and demystify the jargon they may encounter whilst cruising through the blogosphere. Although this glossary does not purport to be exhaustive by any means, it is one of the most complete of its kind regarding blog terminology and it is periodically updated. Most of the terms herein really are in use but we must confess that a few are, shall we say, rather whimsical.”

Oxford English Dictionary Online (subscription). NEW EDITION: draft entry, March 2003.

blog, n. [Shortened WEBLOG.]
weblog, n.
1. A file storing a detailed record of requests handled (and sometimes also errors generated) by a web server.

2. A frequently updated web site consisting of personal observations, excerpts from other sources, etc., typically run by a single person, and usually with hyperlinks to other sites; an online journal or diary.

“blog, v.
To write or maintain a weblog. Also: to read or browse through weblogs, esp. habitually.


Blood, Rebecca. “weblogs: a history and perspective.” Rebecca's Pocket. 7/9/2000. http://www.rebeccablood.net/essays/weblog_history.html.

Prolific writer Blood's comprehensive essay on the history and development of weblogs.

Chymes, M. “An Incomplete Annotated History of Weblogs.” http://web.archive.org/web/20031119025356/

An abandoned web site, archived in the Internet Archive, still provides a useful timeline, including links, to the earliest blogs.

Paquet, Sébastien. “Personal Knowledge Publishing and Its Uses in Research (1/2).” National Research Council of Canada. http://www.knowledgeboard.com/item/253/2010/5/2008.

“Early years
The first weblog was Tim Berners-Lee's ‘What's New?’ page at, http://www.w3.org/History/19921103-hypertext/hypertext/WWW/News/
, which pointed to new Web sites as they came online. The second weblog was Marc Andreessen's ‘What's New?’ page at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (archived http://web.archive.org/web/20050322091307/http://archive.ncsa.uiuc.
), which performed a similar function until mid-1996.

Several new weblogs appeared with the explosion of the web in 1996-1997. Early weblogs include Dave Winer's Scripting News http://www.scripting.com/ , John Barger's Robot Wisdom http://www.robotwisdom.com/ , and Cameron Barrett's CamWorld http://www.camworld.com/ . Although it is now collectively edited, Rob Malda's Slashdot http://slashdot.org/ , deserves mention, as it became (and to this day remains) phenomenally popular.”

Timeline of Early Blogs. BLOCKSTAR.

A timeline of blogging's early history with links to some of the first blogs.

Winer, Dave. “The History of Weblogs,” Weblogs.com News, May 17, 2002.

Blogging pioneer Winer, a Harvard Law School Berkman Center fellow, is author of the Scripting News weblog, “which was one of the earliest and is currently the longest-running weblog on the Internet.” He provides pithy commentary and links on the evolution of weblogs.

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Susan Herzog