The dawn of the 90's was rather quiet, don't you reckon? There we were, simmering away in the silence, blissfully unaware of the storm that was brewing within the world of communication. We had radios, we had televisions, we even had bulky desktop computers. But what we didn't have was a platform to speak our heart out. We had to wait for news bulletins for the latest goings-on, or flip through magazines to know what's trending. On a lighter note, looking back, it feels like we were a bunch of cave dwellers just waiting for fire to be invented! Just imagine, if my kiddos Silas and Wren were in such a world and couldn't share their latest cooking disaster or Lego creation with the world... alas, the horrors!
Into this quietude, there came a soft typing sound, growing louder and more profound each day, ultimately breaking the silence altogether. The man behind this noise was none other than Jorn Barger, an American chap who definitely saw things that most of us couldn't. Little did we know that the sound of his keyboard strokes would pave the way for a revolution in the way we communicate. We were about to witness the birth of blogging, although the term 'blog' was yet to see the light of day.
So here we were, a hop, skip, and jump away from the edge of a new world, a world which would soon be teeming with thoughts, ideas, stories, and so much more. Jorn Barger, the man of the hour, was all set to step into uncharted territories. He was about to the introduce us to the 'weblog', a term to coincide with his logs on the web. And then it happened - on 17th December 1997, Barger posted on 'Robot Wisdom', thereby firing the starter pistol for an entire generation of keyboard warriors! I can only imagine the look on my children's faces had they been there to witness the shift!
Barger coined 'weblog' but it was Peter Merholz who later gave us the term 'blog'. This guy cheekily split the word weblog into 'we blog', breathing life into what would become a new form of expression for millions worldwide. It was like a movement that every Tom, Dick, and Harry (and Jaxon) could be part of, and pretty quickly too! Suddenly, the world was a flood of blogs, shedding light on everything from your neighbour's favourite cat to global geopolitics. We've come a long way since then and blogging now enjoys an unrivalled dominance in the world of online communication.
As blogging caught on, so did the emergence of dedicated blogging platforms. Companies like Blogger, WordPress, and TypePad took centre stage, making it easier than ever for anyone to start their own blog. Whether you wanted to vent about your day, do a deep dive into your favorite niche, or even start your own business, these platforms provided the canvas for your words to paint all sorts of colourful pictures.
So, what can we, as bloggers, learn from Jorn Barger? Well, for starters, Barger’s passion for sharing knowledge and ideas teaches us that blogging can't be just about racking up views or likes. It's about fostering a genuine connection with your readers, providing them with valuable content, and creating a space that encourages dialogue and discussion. Such wisdom, reminds me of that one time I told my son, Silas, that his Lego creations aren't just about how many bricks he can stack together – it's the story they tell, the imagination, and thought that counts!
Today, bloggers like us are carrying forward Jorn Barger’s legacy, pushing boundaries and asking bigger questions in our own little corners of the internet. Every blog post we write is a tribute to this visionary who changed the world of communication as we knew it. So go forth, my fellow bloggers, make your mark in this vast digital universe. Speak your truth, share your thoughts, and continue the revolution that Barger kick-started all those years ago.
As we mosey our way towards the future, it's fascinating to contemplate where this blogging journey will lead us. With developments like augmented reality and artificial intelligence knocking at our doors, the possibilities for blogging are as diverse as they are thrilling. Just like the father of blogging, we must embrace it with open arms and be ever ready to adapt, innovate, and grow. I guess, it's time to strap in, folks! The world of blogging isn't slowing down; in fact, I dare say, it's just getting started!