It seems some bloggers are a little bit ticked off over the Wall Street Journal’s article on the 10th anniversary of blogging. It appears there is a lot of debate over who first started blogging, and how long blogging has been around.
[Jorn] Barger has always been credited with popularizing the term weblog (although as I found in my research back in 2005 he wasn?t the first to use it the term)…Winer has often claimed that he was the first blogger, I?ve long disagreed but whether it was Hall or Winer is a moot point: both were blogging in 1996
I?m just an observer in this particular battle, but it appears that the WSJ sort of flubbed it today with a hastily written article on the history of blogging…
…the Wall Street Journal got blogging?s history wrong. Dave Winer had a blog long before Jorn Barger started blogging or came up with the name ?blog.? In fact, if I remember my history right Jorn was using software developed by Dave Winer to do his blog.
So I ask, does it really matter?
Blogging has become valuable and powerful because of its decentralized conversation. To try and give credit to the first blogger takes us away from the core message; that blogging has brought us the age of citizen-journalism and radical transparency. Personally, I don’t care who gets credit for being the first to blog, let’s just focus our efforts in ensuring blogging grows and earns the respect of its mainstream media peers.