Blearily, we blog along

Dodge, John
December 2004
EDN;12/7/2004, Vol. 49 Issue 25, p27
Trade Publication
This article deals with the popularity of the use of weblogs, which are textual Web sites acting as and resembling an online journal. Besides text, weblogs can contain any type of Web content, such as photos, video, music, or diagrams, schematics, formulas, and equations. The prose of the blog owner stays at the top of page, and others are free to comment underneath. The concept is neither radical nor new. Its roots trace back to CompuServe's electronic bulletin boards or Internet newsgroups in which the like-minded cyber-convened. The difference between these older phenomena and blogs is that anyone can easily create an infinitely linkable blog. Given their potential for boundless human expression, weblogs attract anyone wishing to share information, opinions, and ideas. Technorati Inc., which tracks blogs, estimates that weblogs currently, as of December 2004, number about 4.6 million. The Pew Internet & American Life Project concluded earlier in 2004 that 11% of all U.S. Internet users, or 50 million users, have read or contributed to a blog. Apparently, there is scant evidence that blogs have caught on in the design and electrical-engineering communities. The Technorati 100, which lists the top 100 blogs as it measures them by inbound links, are steeped in politics, culture, sex, the arts, products, and personal relationships.


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