ContentThe days of locked diaries and bound journals tucked under mattresses have given way to Internet blogging. Unlike the journals and diaries of years past, blogging opens up peopleâ€™s lives to anyone else who is interested in them. While it may seem that everyone has a blog nowadays, blogging hasnâ€™t always been the sensation it is now.
The earliest forms of blogging were just plain old personal websites. Anyone could rent some space on Geocities, Yahoo, or Fortune City and put up a site all about their own thoughts and feelings. Characterized by MIDI music, blinking graphics, and busy backgrounds, these websites rarely had any visitors outside their creators. However, these paved the way for blogs as they are today.
Journaling sites became popular after free personal sites became sparse. Sites like LiveJournal made it easy for anyone to sign up and start recording their daily activities and thoughts. These werenâ€™t quite like blogs are now; they were somewhere between a private journal and a public blog. Most people only shared their posts with friends and family. These sites are still popular today for those who donâ€™t want to maintain a completely public blog.
Finally, blogs took the Internet by storm. Websites like Blogger and WordPress became popular by giving anyone their own corner of the web. Blogging communities began growing, grouped by common themes and interests. Now, you can find scrapbooking blog communities, parenting blog communities, and occupational blog communities. Well-written blogs develop huge followings. Bloggers can even use their blogs to make money by selling ad space or becoming affiliates. Typically, the most popular blogs have some sort of central theme.
Since the Internet has grown so much faster than any other technology, blogs have developed in a very short amount of time. Who knows how theyâ€™ll evolve next?