The blogging family tree

"At the close of 1998, there were 23 known weblogs on the Internet. A year later there were tens of thousands. What changed?" [Mat Honan / Wired]


  1. I call bullshit.

    I was “blogging” in 1995.  We didn’t call it that, then; we called it “keeping an on-line journal.”  I move to LiveJournal in 1999.  There were a hell of a lot more of us in 1998 than a mere 23.  This is the 23 that went on to fame and glory, but this is a bit like saying my kids don’t play “real” baseball because they don’t have multimillion dollar contracts.

    1. I too, call bullshit. My blog started in early 1998 (after being a periodically updated otherwise static website of personal stories begun in 1996), and was rapidly indexed.

      1.  Adding to the “BS” call.  Mine dates to July, 1997, and the term “blog” didn’t exist till around December of that year.  The old Open Pages webring had over 100 members by the end of 1997 and grew rapidly throughout 1998.

    2. Elf, I think those of us who considered ourselves “bloggers” distinguished ourselves from the journalers/escribitionists who long predated the “blog” thing by the mix of links and commentary, but really, yeah, the early webloggers were kind of a clique that Dave Winer linked across and between.

      There’s also a ton of other early folks missing from that list, this is mostly about how the big weblog software happened, not about some of the littler systems which never really gained traction.

  2. I’m calling BS on this WIRED chart.  Looks cool, does little to inform.  I mean, c’mon, it’s an article about the progression of blogging!  The worst you could do is to write an article about it in the style of a blog!!!

  3. Pretty misleading title; it’s not really about weblogs at all; it’s about popular blogging tools. That “only 23 weblogs in 1998” claim should be attributed; I think it’s from the list once hosted on Camworld, and as such it’s a pretty shaky claim. You could probably have found that many again at Jorn Barger’s Robot Wisdom site. 

  4.  If there were only 23 bloggers in 1998, then I was about 8 of them, 7 of which were only there to troll Dave Winer.

    …oh dear.

  5. I started in August 1997, a few months later that Winer and CamWorld. I knew both of them, and all the other “early” bloggers. I still blog, and have all of old posts (back to 1997!) online. Every now and then I show up in the “where are they now” file, but I’m mostly ignore, probably because I was never part of a start-up and I don’t live on the coast.

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