Blogging for Beginners and beyond.
One of the prime Basic Digital Marketing Tips is to master the skill of Writing a blog? But, have you questioned if blogging is relevant anymore?
Blogging is not dead, it has just evolved. What are the blogging basics, what is a blog definition and blogging or Vlogging? I will try and answer a few questions.
Like most social and marketing strategies, a lot of platforms evolve to meet the needs of people and in this article, we will talk about how and why blogging is still a viable option for business success in todays fast-paced world.
We can talk a little about where it’s going, but first let’s think about it has come from.
There’s a long article you can read about it HERE.
Although blogging is a relatively new Internet activity, it has an interesting and rich history in how it has become what it is today.
Short History of Blogging
In the first place, It’s generally recognized that the first blog was Links.net, created by Justin Hall, while he was a College student in 1994. Then they weren’t called blogs, and he just referred to it as his personal homepage. It wasn’t until 1997 that the term “weblog” was coined.
Practically everyone reads blogs now, whether they’re “official” news blogs associated with traditional news media, business-based blogs,work or hobbies, or blogs purely for entertainment, just about anyone you ask has at least one favorite blog , where you go to get blogging help or ideas.
Basic Digital Marketing skills are necessary but tips and tricks can be found in the Warrior Forum for free and on a top level Blog such as Neilpatel.com.
But it wasn’t always so. Blogs have a relatively short history, even when compared with the history of the Internet itself.The word’s creation has been attributed to Jorn Barger, of the influential early blog site of Robot Wisdom. The term was created to reflect the process of “logging the web” as he browsed
And it’s only in the past five to ten years that they’ve really taken off and become an important part of the online landscape, with most people having the goal of making money online by blogging, whether it’s by Affiliate Marketing, Cost Per Action Clicks or Advertising and Adsense.
And then, in 1999, the platform that would later become Blogger was started by Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan at Pyra Labs. Blogger is largely responsible for bringing blogging to the mainstream.
The early 2000s were a period of growth for blogs. In 1999, according to a list compiled by Jesse James Garrett, there were 23 blogs on the internet. By the middle of 2006, there were 50 million blogs according to Technorati‘s State of the Blogosphere report
Blogging posts are nearly always about what you can do for your blog gaining readers, writing catchier headlines, increasing followers etc. whilst continually improving your Digital Marketing skills.
I still find it funny that so many popular blogging posts are about How to Blog.
By 2001, interest in blogging was increasing and some guides and how-to articles started appearing. Also, “meta blogs” (blogs about blogging) started to make up a sizable portion of the most popular and successful blogs out there.
WordPress was started in 2003, though parts of its development date back to 2001. Technorati, the first major blog search engine, was launched in 2002. The first video blogs started in 2004, more than a year before YouTube was founded.
By the mid-2000s, blogs were reaching the mainstream. In January of 2005, a study was released saying that 32 million Americans read blogs. At that time, it was more than ten percent of the entire population
The Future of Blogging
Eight to ten years ago, blogs were becoming the primary point of communication for individuals online. But with the advent of social media and social networking in the past five years, blogs have become only one portion of an individual’s online presence.
Vlogs and podcasts have also taken on a bigger role in the blogosphere, with a lot of bloggers opting to use primarily multimedia content. Services that cater to these kinds of posts (like Tumblr and Posterous) are likely to keep growing in popularity.
Accordingly, people only think of Twitter when they think microblogging, but there are other microblog (also called tumblog) platforms that allow for a more traditional experience, while also allowing for the social networking features of Twitter (like following other bloggers).
However, Tumblr was the first major site to offer this kind of service, starting in 2007. You can make different post types, unlike traditional blogging services, which had a one-size-fits-all format.
In a legal battle that ended with a settlement of $65 Million Facebook’s parentage was a source of debate for years until Zuckerberg settled with the Winklevoss twins in 2008.
Allegedly Zuckerberg reneged on an agreement to help them build their own social media site at Harvard – and, instead, used the code and idea to inspire the creation of Facebook. And while the dispute was eventually settled in 2008, Facebook’s inception was clouded in questions.
But before there was Facebook, there was Facemash which started in 2003.
In 2003, Zuckerberg created a site that compared the pictures of different Harvard students’ faces in their files (or books) and allowed users to rate the attractiveness of those pictures – (stating that some should be compared with their pictures in Facebook to animals).
Is this the future?
With new services like Quora coming onto the market, there’s the possibility that the blogosphere will shrink, and more people will turn to sites like these to get information. But services like Quora also provide valuable tools for bloggers, as they give insight into what people really want to know about a topic.
Blogs are unlikely to go anywhere in the foreseeable future. But there’s a lot of room for growth and innovation in method in which their content is found, delivered, and accessed.
Of course by media strategy I mean to illustrate that your blogging posts are going to get read by referral, probably after using social media shoutouts.
For this reason, some blog posts are likely to acquire huge attention, and others will appear like tumbleweed.
At the same time, advances in Technology continue, with Smartphones, Ipads and Laptops becoming smaller and more powerful, enabling people to live the blogging lifestyle, becoming a digital nomad, travelling the World as they want and sharing their experiences.
So, in my opinion there is still a lot of mileage to be had from a good Blog or Blogpost. But, here is the big question – Will Social Media overtake blogging, or is a site like QUORA what people want? If Bloggers don’t give them the right or enough answers to their questions, Is this where people will go to get their answers without being “sold at” all the time?
Blogging or Vlogging.
A video blog or video log, usually shortened to vlog is a form of blog for which the medium is video] and is a form of Web TV. Vlog entries often combine embedded video (or a video link) with supporting text, images, and other metadata. It saw a strong increase in popularity beginning in 2005. The most popular video sharing site to date, YouTube, was founded in February 2005.
Indeed, will Podcasts and Vlogging come to rule in our busy lives? Time will tell. There are a lot more interesting facts at Wikipedia HERE.
These are some of the questions that lie ahead for us as Blogging evolves. I hope you found this short history informative and learnt a little.
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