July 15, 2007

Nettle: one of the first blogs

There have not been any phone calls, or emails, or knocks on the door, or papparazzi snapping photographs or shooting videos, but nevertheless the Nettle blog started in June 1997, ten years ago.

According to this Wall Street Journal article, blogging is ten years old. Well. no. It's almost ten years old.

"We are approaching a decade since the first blogger -- regarded by many to be Jorn Barger -- began his business of hunting and gathering links to items that tickled his fancy, to which he appended some of his own commentary. On Dec. 23, 1997, on his site, Robot Wisdom, Mr. Barger wrote: "I decided to start my own webpage logging the best stuff I find as I surf, on a daily basis," and the Oxford English Dictionary regards this as the primordial root of the word "weblog."

So says the article.

Well, I started blogging on June 1st, 1997. The blog was called Nettle.

What a logo :-)

The blog lasted for about a month and a week. The last post was made on July 8th, 1997, and was about the Mars Pathfinder (geez, it seems so long ago, a different era).

At that point I mothballed the blog and it didn't reactivate until August 11, 2002. I'd already started Brianstorms in February 2002 -- why stop at one blog, I thought. Nettle kept going until January 2005 when its most recent post was made. Not sure if I'm going to make any more over there.

Just to be clear, I do not consider my blog to be the first blog. Not at all. I consider Newsreport to be the first blog. That's from 1973. Haven't heard of Newsreport? Well, that's a story for another time. . .

Posted by brian at July 15, 2007 02:33 PM


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