History of Mommy Blogging

A comprehensive history of blogging, micro blogging, and mommy blogging.

  • 1983: Brian Redman created “mod.ber”. This was the first moderated newsgroup. Redman and friends would identify and summarize interesting threads going around the Internet. http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/oldest-blog.html
  • January 1994:  Swarthmore student Justin Hall creates first blog ever, Links.net.
  • April 1997:  Winer launches a news page for users of Frontier Software, that goes onto became Scripting News in 1997, one of the oldest weblogs remaining on the net today.
  • December 1997:  Online diarist Jorn Barger coins the term “Weblog” for “logging the Web.”
  • August 1998: The Charlotte Observer uses blog style format in reporting breaking news about Hurricane Bonnie. This was the first known use of the blog format being used to report breaking news. http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/03/a-brief-history-of-blogging/
  • October 1998:  Bruce Abelson launched the blogging site Open Diary.  Which soon grew into thousands of online diaries where the reader was able to comment on a diary post.
  • March 1999:  Brad Fitzpatrick started LiveJournal
  • April 1999:  Programmer Peter Merholz shortens “Weblog” to “blog.”
  • August 1999:  Blogger.com was founded and rolled out the first popular, free blog-creation service.
  • End of 1999: 23 blogs were on the internet. http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/03/a-brief-history-of-blogging/
  • January 2000: First vlog was posted by Adam Kontras. The video was placed alongside of his blog entry and was aimed at his family and friends. http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/history-of-blogging
  • May 2000:  First corporate blog was created.  Microsoft heavily influenced the rest of the industry with its corporate blogs.  The Microsoft employees spoke their mind and broke perceptions and barriers for Microsoft.
  • July 2000: AndrewSullivan.com launches.
  • November 2000: Adrian Miles posted a video of text that changes on a still image, thus coining the word “vlog.” http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/history-of-blogging
  • 2000: Xanga changes its format to a blog and comment style. This website was formerly used to share music and book reviews. http://www.blogworld.com/2011/08/24/the-history-of-blogging-12-years-of-blogs/
  • July 2001:  Blogdex was created by Cameron Marlow and Elizabeth Wood.  Blogdex was an online resource for understanding hot topics of discussion in the blogosphere. Blogdex gathered this information for over 4 years, and autonomously tracked the most contagious information spreading in the blog community, ranking it by recency and popularity.
  • February 2002: Heather Armstrong was fired for writing about her work and coworkers on her blog, dooce.com. This is the first known case of a person being fired for blogging. This incident coined the term “dooced” which means being fired for blogging.
  • February 2002: Technorati, the first major blog search engine was launched (http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/03/a-brief-history-of-blogging/). http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/history-of-blogging
  • April 2002:  One of the first mommy-blogs emerges, TheMommyBlog.com. Created by Melinda Roberts, a single mother.
  • August 2002:  Nick Denton launches Gizmodo, the first in what will become a blog empire. Blog ads launches, the first broker of blog advertising.
  • December 2002:  Gawker launches, igniting the gossip-blog boom.
  • December 2002:  Josh Marshall’s talkingpointsmemo.com blog called attention to U.S Senator Trent Lott and his comments regarding U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond and the 1948 presidential election. Lott said that the U.S. would have been better if Thurmond was elected president. Thurmond was a very big proponent of racial segregation. These reports made by bloggers forced Lott to resign from his position.
  • 2000: Xanga reports reaching 1 million across all of their blogs and reached 100,000 members.
  • January 2003:  Blogging was established by politicians and political candidates to express opinions on war and other issues and cemented blogs’ role as a news source.
  • March 2003: “Salam Pax,” an anonymous Iraqi blogger gains a worldwide following after the invasion of Iraq.
  • June 2003: Google launches AdSense, the first advertising network that matches the blog to corresponding advertisement. This gave bloggers without a huge platform to start getting paid. (http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/03/a-brief-history-of-blogging) (http://nymag.com/news/media/15971/)
  • June 2003:  Blogs are used as devices that serve in legal matters.  Wearable Wireless Webcam, is just one example of  an online shared diary of a person’s personal life combining text, video, and pictures transmitted live from a wearable computer. This practice of semi-automated blogging with live video together with text.
  • September 2003:  WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes
  • 2003: Audioblogger was launched, was the first major podcasting website for bloggers. http://www.blogworld.com/2011/08/24/the-history-of-blogging-12-years-of-blogs/
  • 2003: Myspace launches a blogging section that is connected to each user’s profile. http://www.blogworld.com/2011/08/24/the-history-of-blogging-12-years-of-blogs/
  • January 2004:  Ayelet Waldman, a well known published author and mom-blogger, wrote a controversial blog under the title “Bad Mother.” Her topics included sexuality, gay rights, motherhood, and her bipolar disorder. After an incident where she hinted at suicidal thoughts, she deleted the blog in 2005.
  • January 2004: Nick Denton launches Wonkette.
  • February 2004:  The first non-technology Fortune 500 Company starts their blog; General Motors.
  • February 2004: Flickr launches, opening the doors to photo blogging. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17421022
  • April 2004:  Bloggers begin to make their blogs into published books.  However, success has been elusive offline, with many of these books not selling as well as their blogs. Only blogger Tucker Max, made the NY Times Best Seller List.
  • June 2004:  Niche blogs start to take over.  Political blogs, travel blogs, gardening blogs, fashion blogs, music blogs, education blogs, legal blogs, quizzing blogs, and religious blogs.
  • December 2004:  Merriam-Webster declares “blog” the “Word of the Year.”
  • January 2005:  Study finds that 32 million Americans read blogs.
  • February 2005:  First popular dad blog appears.  Moderndaydad.com by Chris Ford
  • February 2005: Youtube launches.
  • May 2005:  The Huffington Post launches.
  • June 2005:  Sommer Poquette’s blog is rated one of the top mommy blogs to advertise on. http://greenandcleanmom.org
  • October 2005:  Calacanis sells his blogs to AOL for $25 million.
  • December 2005:  An estimated $100 million worth of blog ads are sold this year.
  • 2005: Garrett M. Graff was the first blogger to be granted white house press credentials.  
  • January 2006:  Time leases Andrew Sullivan’s blog, adding it to its Website.
  • February 2006:  The Huffington Post surges to become fourth most-linked-to blog.
  • June 2006:  Anne Marie Nichols, one of the first mommy bloggers to get paid for her blog, A Readable Feast.  This blog showed how reading and cooking can bring families closer together while encouraging literacy.
  • Middle of 2006: More than 50 million blogs were posted to the internet.
  • 2006: Twitter launches. This is one of the first “micro-blogging” communities. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17421022
  • February 2007: A blog is created every second.
  • March 2007:  The Blogger’s Code of Conduct is proposed by Tim O’Reilly for bloggers to enforce civility on their blogs by being civil themselves and moderating comments on their blog.
  • April 2007:  In Singapore, two ethnic Chinese were imprisoned under the country’s anti-sedition law for posting anti-Muslim remarks in their blogs
  • April 2007: Tumblr was launched by David Karp
  • December 2007: 95 percent of US newspapers featured reporter blogs.
  • April 2008:  The blog FreeRangeKids.wordpress, Lenore Skenazy was named America’s Worst Mom Blogger after telling readers that she let her 9 year old son ride the subway in NY by himself.
  • August 2008:  First mommy blogger makes over 6 figures a year.  5DollarDinners.com
  • January 2009:  The first White House blog was created
  • August 2009:  The first movie was made out of Julie Powell’s blog.   Julie Powell blogged about her attempt to cook all the recipes in Julia Child‘s Mastering the Art of French Cooking The blog quickly gained a large following, and Powell signed a book deal with Little, Brown and Company  A film adaptation, also based on Julia Child‘s autobiography My Life in France, titled Julie & Julia, was released August 7, 2009.
  • October 2009:  The Today Show launches their TodayMoms.com website/blog due to want from viewers.
  • March 2010:  First mom blog magazine is created. Jennifer James, the creator of Mom Blog magazine, is first web magazine to look at the industry of mom blogging.
  • June 2010:  First extreme coupon Mommy-Blog comes to life. AthriftyMom.com
  • 2010: A study by Technorati found that about 35% of bloggers were making money off their blogging.
  • August 2011:  Mom Blogging for Dummies the book is released by Wendy Piersall
  • December 2011:  Military Mommy Blogger, also known as Shellie Ross, was the first mom-blogger to be sent to jail for not paying her child support.
  • January 2012:  The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) which aimed at demolishing the online freedom and spread of speech begins. Trying to control what bloggers post on their sites.
  • April 2012:  The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is threatening to send a blogger, Steve Cooksey, to jail for recounting publicly of his battle against diabetes and encouraging others to follow his lifestyle.

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