In a few weeks, blogs will be 18 years old. Blogs began as a log of a person’s day, thoughts, interests, etc. published on the web. The name “web log” was shortened to “blogs” in 1999 and five years later Merriam-Webster declared it their word of the year.
In his post: A Brief History of Blogging, Cameron Chapman writes:
“It’s generally recognized that the first blog was Links.net, created by Justin Hall, while he was a Swarthmore College student in 1994. Of course, at that time they weren’t called blogs, and he just referred to it as his personal homepage.”
With the advent of blog platforms such as Blogger and WordPress, blogging became easier. More and more people started self-publishing on blogs. Today, there are at least 178 million active blogs as tracked by BlogPulse. This is impressive growth in less than 20 years.
Some people still think of blogs as diaries or journals and you can find many blogs of this type—for instance the well-written Breaking the Habit by Casey Cole “Reflections of a Franciscan in Training” and the blogs that were published by young people at last summer’s World Youth Day. However, there are many other kinds of blogs as well.
People blog to share their hobbies, passions, causes, expertise, opinions, and content that used to be published in print or not at all. Many celebrities, media personalities and reporters in all fields, i.e. finance, education, sports, health, politics, religion, technology, etc. are blogging. Businesses and organizations are blogging about their services, products and mission. Even some of the hierarchy blog, including Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Sean Cardinal O’Malley . There is a lot of information and entertainment to be found in blogs.
The blogs that I follow generally fall into three categories social media, faith and culture, church and ministry. I list of few example below.
Expertise in social media such as:
Faith-based reflections on life, culture, and current events:
Dating God by Dan Horan, OFM
In All Things (America Magazine)
Church and ministry based blogs:
Evangelizing Catechesis by Marc Cardaronella
Whispers in the Loggia by Rocco Palmo
A Cyber Pilgrim’s Blog by Sr. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF
I follow a few more blogs, but you get my point with these.
Now it’s your turn. If you have a blog, please tell us about it.
Do you read any blogs besides Catholic Web Solutions? What are they?
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