The history of blogging marches on

Reading Om Malik’s reflection on the AOL purchase of TechCrunch, I had to pause at this sentence:

“Like Arrington, I learned much about blogging from Dave Winer and Doc Searls.”

It reminded me of a long-ago post on this blog that I wrote as a reaction to a TechCrunch post Mike Arrington wrote in 2007 with the heading, “Will Someone Who Actually Cares About Blogging Please Write the History of it?

My post suggested, somewhat tongue in cheek, that anyone who has ever read a blog should write a personal history about it. And then, I wrote the history of blogging as I recalled it, explaining that Dave Winer cajoled Doc Searls into blogging and that led me down the same path.

Made me think: Mike Arrington and TechCrunch are certainly a part of blogging history.

It’s time for someone who cares, preferably Mike, to write his version of its history.

  • Hi, Rex. I read that post at the time, and it was one of many things that led me to write SAY EVERYTHING.

    The book is certainly not definitive — how could that be possible? — and I make no claim that it’s perfect. But I *will* claim to be someone who cares about blogging!

    Personally I’d love to read Arrington’s account of TechCrunch’s story.

  • Thanks, Scott. Thanks for reminding me (and anyone else who may find this post via Google) that you, indeed, wrote the first history of blogging that I’m aware of, Say Everything.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed, Dave did more than urge me to blog. As he did with so many others, he provided the tools as well. I started in late ’99, after we finished writing Cluetrain that summer. As for the history of blogging, I feel like we’ve barely started.

    The older I get, the earlier it seems.

  • Me too, Doc.