Who was the first blogger? Round, well, I’ve lost track

Via a comment on my earlier “history of blogging post”, John Barger (who coined the term weblog when he launched in December, 1997, his weblog, Robot Wisdom) points to a post he made today in which he says, “i’ll go on record as claiming not only that (Robot Wisdom) was the 1st proper weblog but that it’s still the only proper weblog.”

His post outlines certain conventions he believes should be used by bloggers. Of course, it is written as a launch pad for debate. Unlike Michael Vick, I’m not a fan of dog fights, so I’ll exit this debate with this, my final post on the topic.

  • Before we anoint who was first, please define blogger. Is it the continuous publication of a web log? Or is it communication of opinions through the use of the web. Does frequency count? How about readership? Does a blog with one reader count as a blog?

    Wiki defines it thusly “Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic.”

    I’m just curious. I’ve been distributing news and commentary .. well since before the CWE (Common Web Era) . Anybody remember gopher? Was that perhaps the first web log era?

    I like the concept and pursuit of historic moments. I am a historian at heart, which may seem contradictory for a futurist, but I don’t think so. You can’t understand the future if you have no past to form a reference. It’s kind of like Archimedes ,” Give me a fulcrum and I will move the world.”

  • Rex Hammock

    Bo, I think if you read my first post, you’ll see that what you are saying is exactly my point. There are many histories here. I believe there is a history of “blogging” that is separate from the history of disseminating news online. I don’t think one is any more important than the other and I think they are intertwined. And I also realize there are those who totally disagree with me. And I totally understand and celebrate their reasons.

  • Ok Rex… I guess I didn’t read your first post. I’m glad we agree and I think it is great fodder for us to delve into.