A non-blogger friend passed along a story that ran on BBC News earlier this week. The story says December 17th was the 10th anniversary of blogs.
The BBC goes on to say an American who had been a programmer of computer games and educational software first used the term "weblog" to describe what he was doing ten years ago when he posted short essays and links on his web page, which he called "Robot Wisdom." As I was Googling that first blogger by name, I learned that, unfortunately, some of his writings over the years have been strongly anti-Semitic, so I won't glorify him by using his name in this space.
The BBC says that in late 1998 the blogosphere consisted of 23 sites. I guess it was easy to be an A-lister back then.
Once easy-to-use tools came on the scene in 1999, the numbers started to grow. Technorati now tracks more than 70 million blogs, with an estimated 120,000 new blogs coming online every day. New posts are added at the rate of one every 17 seconds, totaling 1.5 million new posts daily, Technorati reports.
So, Happy 10th Anniversary to us. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what the blogosphere will look like when we celebrate our 20th anniversary?