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Vandalism of this discussion[edit]

Much of the recent discussion appears to be vandalism, which has continued over the last few weeks. Does anyone object to the most obvious sections being removed via edit? I plan to just remove the last sections from "hello" (this section reappears regularly) on down. I think that some legitimate discussion has already been removed by the vandal(s) in historic edits, but it might be too complicated to recover them all. I'm no Wikipedia expert though, so does anyone have any better ideas of how to handle this? Thoughts?Treagle (talk) 18:19, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

Yes, your proposed edit is fine - deleting talk page comments that aren't relevant to improving the article is standard practice per WP:TPO. --Muchness (talk) 18:38, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

Blog Demographics[edit]

This article should include the general demographics of the blogging population - 30% USA, 6.7% UK, 53% aged 21-35, and balanced between male/female. This is based on a study by Sysomos based on analysis of 100 million blog posts. Further coverage at ReadWriteWeb and CBS News.

Blog popularity diminishing[edit]

I think there should be a separate section about many blogs being abandoned after I read a particular article [1] (by DOUGLAS QUENQUA; June 5, 2009). Komitsuki (talk) 03:43, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

Variations of Blogs Plural[edit]

The subject should discuss the variations in spelling of the plural for blog, i.e., blogs -vs- blogz. Examples of "blogz" are utilized on websites such as, and Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). January 16, 2010,

Mark Parsec (talk) 20:02, 16 January 2010 (UTC)Mark Parsec

My personal guess: blogi ( russian pluralization ) , because my personal guess is, against popular belief, it´s probably not a alog, it´s a blog, and the pluralization is, well, as mentioned, along the o. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:47, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Is "instantaneously" really a word?[edit]

Under Personal Blogs it says "Some sites, such as Twitter, allow bloggers to share thoughts and feelings instantaneously with friends and family"

How about using "instantly" instead? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:35, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Merriam-Webster seems to think it's a word. John M Baker (talk) 00:23, 26 January 2010 (UTC)

Definition of Blog by Researchers[edit]

Researchers in social silences, particularly within the field of communication have defined blogs as interactive, non-synchronous webpages whose host uploads postings that center around a topic. The topic need not be news, or written following the standards and practices of traditional media (balance in viewpoints, fact-based reporting, etc.). Although not all blogs allow for comments on the postings, blog readers typically are assumed to be able to respond by writing comments to bloggers’ postings as well as to other readers’ comments (although this assumption is becoming problematic, with more blogs requiring registration to post comments, or not allowing them at all).***

      • Citation: . Gil de Zúñiga, H., Puig-i-Abril, E., and Rojas, H. (2009). Weblogs, traditional sources online & political participation: An assessment of how the Internet is changing the political environment. New Media & Society.11(4), 553-574. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Alexavila (talkcontribs) 15:18, 26 January 2010 (UTC)

Components of a Blog[edit]

So no one's described common features of a blog? Seems like it'd be educational to list some of the features and conventions that make something recognizable as a modern blog. Here, I'll try to brainstorm a few:

  • comments section: ability of readers to share feedback with the author and fellow readers
  • archiving of old posts off the home page (and the ability to still navigate to them)
  • "permalinks" (aka linked post titles): static links to a view of each post by itself on an unchanging webpage
  • editing: ability of author(s) to edit and update posts after the initial posting
  • "jumps": abridging of posts on the home page, with links to the full versions
  • dated postings
  • tagged posts
  • bylines and capability for posts by different authors (not so sure bout this one; multi-author blogs are by no means the standard)

And I'm not saying these are all necessary to be a blog. Just listing common features. The basics that, as a whole, distinguish blogs from other almost-blog things (compare with the posts accompanying webcomic updates). --Qwerty0 (talk) 11:33, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

Nope. That's the dreaded original research. Besides: who gets to define a modern blog" anyway? Some of us kick it old-school; that's how we roll, dawg. --Orange Mike | Talk 17:54, 29 January 2010 (UTC)
Cool, then I'll go consult actual researchers to see if I'm right about my conjecture. If there's agreement in reputable sources that the components of a blog are important, I'll use one of their lists (if not, I won't).
We've already decided on a list of blog "types" so I don't see how this list would be very different. I'm not intending to write in the article that these components "define" a blog; sorry, if I wasn't clear about that. I'm just interested in listing some common features. A quick anatomy lesson would be useful, I think. --Qwerty0 (talk) 01:10, 2 February 2010 (UTC)


This article does not recognize that the pioneer of the online blog is me, Ken Katsura. The popularity of the online blog began in 1997 on Yahoo's Message Boards (Presidential Race 2000) over the course of heated political debating. Yahoo was the "dominating presence" of the internet community relative to outreach and popular culture in 1997 when my blogging began. My "blogs" was actually "postings" which many fellow posters on the Yahoo Message Boards complained were "too long." However, I began to win consecutive "Poster of the Week" recognition at Yahoo's Message Boards, while using a unique style of "all caps" in headings which others called "shouting." (Yahoo Message Boards, "Presidential Race 2000")

I continued to win and win . . . my candidate (G.W. Bush, Jr.) won, handily. Dissatisfied with the lack of recognition that African Americans in a Leading Role (male and female) had received at the Academy Awards, over the pasa movement to place Barack Obama into the Office the President of the United States. I have never lost a single political campaign movement that I have initiated. (Yahoo Message Boards "Presidential Race 2000").

Having an upbringing in Southern California, the epicenter of popular culture in entertainment and motion pictures, a double major degree in Sociology and Political Science from the ever popular cultural University of California at Santa Barbara, leadership proven with two political science presidencies at two different higher educational institutions, outstanding writing skills, a member of the directory of Outstanding College Students of America (1988-89), graduate level higher education (Master's level core courses in Sociology - straight 'A'), a multi-sport high school athlete and college tennis player with "records and firsts" for his high school in football and tennis, and also a "black diamond" alpine skier, as well. (The Directory of Outstanding College Students of America, 1988-89, "Government" section.)

Let me state that as a professional of Sociology, that what appears to be a well intended effort to determine the origin of the blog's social popularity into the mainstream, via relying exclusively upon computer tracking data, the methodology appears to be "invalid." Tracking the "hits" or responses to blog sites alone can be a poor indicator of "social popularity," although the measurement is direct. While one is able to measure "reliable" data, the data, in this particular instance, is measuring the wrong "social phenomenon." The data merely measures directly the number of hits or responses to a given blogsite, and does not measure the blogsite's "actual social impact" upon the community of the world wide web, nor does it measure the degree to which the blogsite(s) created the "social momentum" or "social popularity," in the form of a "social movement" such that a national and global "social phenomenon" ensued as a result of the blogsite's activity.

Subsequently, we often resort to measures of social phenomenon by means of including "probabilities" and "qualitative forms of measure," which includes but is not limited to the employment of "common sense judgement and clear and logical reasoning." Be advised, when limiting our measurement of social phenomenon to the strict use of numbers, even then, we must "interpret the numbers" once we have "crunched" them. Either way, when employing "quantitative" or "qualitative" methodology in the social sciences, we will ultimately assign a "qualitative value" to our final data.

Relative to who pioneered the Internet blog, I believe that we must comparatively evaluate the origin of what would be an ongoing "social popular culture movement" leading to the blog as a national and global social movement of development and change.

The fact that Yahoo was, at the time when others have received note of being the "pioneers" of the "blog," in 1997, the proverbial "epicenter" for popular online culture and popular news and political debate, and that I was extremely successful in pioneering a winning writing design, makes my claim to being the "pioneer of the online/internet blog" a realistic and verifiable one.

Here is a comparison chart to help determine "common sense probability" of who is likely to have "pioneered a national and global Popular Cultural social movement" ultimately referred to a "blogging."

Ken Katsura Others

Source - Yahoo's Message Boards Source - Personal blogsites Exposure - Regional/Nat/Global Exposure - Exclusive, Limited Topics - Presidential Campaigns, Topics - Personal Interests California Gubernatorial Campaigns, Popular Culture, News & Media, Sports, Social Movements, Technological R & D, Socioeconomics, Science Fiction & Sociology, Civil Rights, Race, Ethnicity & Gender topics, Arts/Fashion and Entertainment, Sociopolitical Development and Change, Military campaigns for Iraqi Freedom, Sociological evaluation of WMD development in Third World Developing Nations, Environmental and Energy issues, Sociology of Human Sexuality

Internet Recognitions: Internet Recognitions: Yahoo Message Boards Editor Unknown ("Pick of the Week" multiple and ongoing since 1997) Literary recognition is specific to micro-blogging and blogging

Background: Background: Social Revolutionary Movements Uknown in Third World Developing Nations, Macro Socioeconomics & "World Systems" analysis, Science Fiction & Sociology, Constitutional Law, Economics (Macro/Micro), Marxian Economics, International Law, Criminal Justice, Marine Policy, Popular Culture and Media, Collective Behavior, Human Sexuality, Interpersonal Counseling, Advanced Research Methods (Qualitative & Quantitative), Population & Demography, Public Administration, Sociocultural Anthro, Jurisprudence, Politics and Religion in Jerusalem, The Brain & Learning, History of Women in Film, Acting, Anatomy/Physiology, Biology, Geology, Aikido

Multisport athlete:

Holds records in high school football Santa Paula H.S. (1978 - longest touchdown pass thrown at any level - 95 yards) Co-firsts in Tennis at SPUHS (1978)

- Co-first fresham to play C.I.F. singles

Co-first ethnic minority at SPUHS to be 4-year varsity letterman (1981) Black diamond level alpine skier

(This data will be continued . . .)

Who is more likely to have attracted such a wide audience, given the information above, me or someone like Justin Hall or others? Get real, people . . . You can see me at and also see my ongoing "blog program" on Yahoo's "presidential race 2000" Message Board Community using the search for "Modnex" . . . as in "Modnex Intel/Skynet-Katsura Global Intel" . . . I first started out as "ModelNexus10" as a spinoff on the "replicants" from the motion picture "Blade Runner." This later evolved to "Modnex" by 1999 . . .

We seriously need to update this Wikipedia page relative to the history of the blog . . . I hope I am using this Wikipedia function correctly. This is to introduce myself and provide the consent to "formally update" the Wikipedia page, in the near future using a prepared draft on the History and Popular Development of the blog! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Katsuraforpresident (talkcontribs) 23:40, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

Unless you have multiple reliable sources which can back up your claims, any such information you wish to add will either be removed or will not be added in the first place. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 03:49, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

As someone who was a fellow user of the Yahoo Message Board that this guy claims was his personal blog, I can attest he posted ad nauseum on threads that became unusable due to their size of his 4-5 posts a day for yrs. The "blog" he says he created is a Message Board, the self-publishing aspect that is the minimal-required act of blogging was nothing more than a post, not seminal in the creation of blogging than any other board that preceded the goofy self-aggrandizing rants this guy claims were unique. He wasn't even near the first users on that board and that board wasn't the first of Yahoo's boards. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:56, 6 April 2010 (UTC)

Blogs in Education[edit]

A few collaboarators and I have observed that there is no information on the rising trend of using blogs in educational institutions recently. Would anyone object to adding information on this subject to this page? —Preceding unsigned comment added by JKlimek782 (talkcontribs) 20:35, 18 April 2010 (UTC) Please review The First Self-Publishing Tool in this section. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Annette Abbott (talkcontribs) 22:08, 29 November 2010 (UTC)


I'm a little surprised to find nothing here about the economic aspects of blogging, other than a tiny section about advertising. I don't have the knowledge to write it myself, but most blogs I've seen carry some advertising. If I follow correctly, there seem to be two economic models. In one a blogging service hosts a "free" blog, the blogger provides content, but the service gets the ad revenue. In the other, the blogger is their own host (or pays a host) and keeps the ad revenue (or chooses not to have ads). I came here wondering if there were other models besides these, or what proportion of blog traffic is under which model, etc. If someone with solid knowledge (and preferably good sources) could expand on this aspect, I believe it would be a good addition to the article. In these times when the economic models of the media are in such turmoil, it seems to me that any article on a medium should look at the revenue model as part of the article. - Jmabel | Talk 05:46, 1 May 2010 (UTC)


Some system like wikiblog maybe introduced. This might be good for those who want to write a lot, but do not know where and how. So here, in wikipedia, sorry, in wikiblog. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:24, 24 June 2010 (UTC)


Can we have a list of the most popular blog sites out there? cheers.

We have list of blogs, which is linked from this article. Algebraist 16:47, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

"blog" is NOT a portmanteau[edit]

Please note that the term portmanteau is used in general etymological discussions (outside of its narrower linguistic definition) to describe blended words, such as "spork" (spoon + fork). "Blog" is derived in a very different manner -- it is not a blended combination of "web" and "log" but rather a clipped word formed from the compound word "weblog."

It would be excellent of someone to edit the article's word origin in the first paragraph to reflect this more accurate derivation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:43, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

The entry has been corrected as of 19 May 2013. The proper term is "contraction", and the opening line has been edited to reflect that. A proper portmanteau is more complex than a contraction. The portmanteau requires that the original two words are truly intermingled in both speech and semantic meaning. In "web log", a "log" is a distinct common noun while "web" is a nominal modifier which is itself a noun. Compare to "ship log" or "data log", in which both modifiers are nouns; instead of "captain's log" or "personal log", in which the modifiers are both adjectival (the first is possessive). Nevertheless, the semantic meanings of "web" and "log" are not blended in "blog" as web is a modifier of the noun "log", which retains its ancient and original semantic meaning. Therefore, "blog" cannot be a portmanteau. A true portmanteau of "web log" would most likely be "weg" or "leb". Zeppelin42 (talk) 12:54, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

"Web Log" ??[edit]

I had heard that "blog" derived from the term "binary log"; e.g., a log kept in computer format instead of on paper. Seems at least as plausible as "web log" unless someone can pinpoint the first usage. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:42, 5 November 2010 (UTC)


could someone add this link and info Cartersfriendly (talk) 14:54, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

The original of that appeared in the Philadelphia CityPaper not the Examiner. More to the point: is this really encyclopedic content? The city is only taxing blogs that are operating as businesses. "Government taxes business" is not exactly headline news. --Orange Mike | Talk 15:08, 23 August 2010 (UTC)
then maybe that is the story-that it took that long for government to take notice of blogs and collect taxes.Cartersfriendly (talk) 08:05, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

U.S.-Israeli relations first analyzed?[edit]

"For the first time in the history of modern journalism, the financial and political goals of U.S.-Israeli relations are being analyzed in depth."

Yeah? Blogs made that possible? And what made that impossible before blogs? The all-powerful Zionist Lobby blocking free speech? Is this Wikipedia or DailyKKKosStormFront? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:22, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

What is Blog[edit]

A blog (a blend of the term web log, actually as I can remember the days when it all started the word Blog arrived from Brain LOG, and it is a log of your thoughts and so the log of your Brain activity. I am very surprised after so many years of the existence of the Blog nobody corrected the meaning of at here at Wiki. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:54, 21 December 2010 (UTC)

Nobody has "corrected" it because you are wrong. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:10, 22 December 2010 (UTC)
Specifically, the derivation of "blog" from "weblog" is well-attested in contemporary sources. Can you cite any support for your theory that it instead is a contraction of "brain log"? John M Baker (talk) 01:18, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

External links[edit]

Should we have some sort of link to a regular, ordinary, "person" blog? I.E. not something profit orientated or anything. It is probably the most common form, even if it is the hardest to define an example of. I was about to just post mine up ([2]) but realised it just comes off as a shoddy attempt to advertise myself. So thought I'd enquire here first :P. Or somone might have a better example all round. (Chill (talk) 12:38, 8 January 2011 (UTC))

Nope. We don't do "random" samples, because inevitably it becomes a license for shoddy attempts to advertise oneself. --Orange Mike | Talk 19:24, 8 January 2011 (UTC)


Hi all! Finally I found an opportunity to contribute to the Wikipedia! I found that the term "Logbook" was used in an early european blog following the metaphore of the Star Trek Captain's diary. I will request to add this at the end of the Origins section, just after the mention to the usage of the term zine. Please, more experienced people review my addition, since this will be my first contribution to the Wikipedia. I'm so happy! :) Findernet (talk) 15:21, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from Findernet, 9 January 2011[edit]

{{edit semi-protected}}

Hi! This is my first contribution to Wikipedia, I'm so happy to do that! :) I found a new term used in an early european blog which is "Logbook", as I commented in the Talk Page. I also found mentions for this blog to be the first european one since it was started at 1998. Because I'm new here I need to send the request instead of editing so here it is: I'm requesting to add this snippet at the end of the Origins section, just after the mention to the term "zine":

"Another early term was Logbook, which was used since 1998 in the first european blog following the metaphore of the Star Trek Captain's diary. This usage is still very popular in latin languages for referring to blogs."

This are the references I found:

  • Unrelated to the author mentions, both to the early date (1998) and to the usage of the logbook metaphor:
  1. An older one: (2006-04-01)
  2. A recent one: (2010-12-08)
  • About the usage of the latin-language versions of the term, I found it interesting to be mentioned. That could be easily verified searching for translations like "bitácora" (Spanish) or "bitácula" (Portuguese) with thousands of findings in Google. A good example of this usage is

There are more references, but I think those might be enough. And, by the way: I wish you a happy new year! :D

Findernet (talk) 17:28, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

I've left this up for a while, hoping someone else would respond....My concern with your suggested addition is probably going to sound very strange, but I'll give it a go anyway. The problem is that all of the sources you've given are, well, blogs. I know, it seems like for the topic of blogs, that a blog should be an acceptable source, but for the point you want to support, I don't think they are. Usually, blogs are not considered to be reliable sources, per our reliable sources guidelines. What we need are some regular magazine articles (they can be online magazines, like Wired, so long as they are reliable in that they have editorial staff and standards) that verify this early term, and that this term was used for something that resembles or is what we currently call a blog. Do you have or know of whether such info can be garnered? Qwyrxian (talk) 05:38, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Logan Talk Contributions 16:03, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Thanks Qwyrxian for your answer! I just wanted to improve Wikipedia with that piece of knowledge, just feel free to use or modify it under your own needs! Findernet (talk) 05:28, 15 January 2011 (UTC)


Perhaps the article should discuss the concept of the "liveblog", as used in prominent websites such as the Guardian[3], Engadget[4] and Al Jazeera[5] - (talk) 13:25, 25 February 2011 (UTC)


In what "science-fiction-fandom slang" does "blog" mean "alcohol"? I've never heard it personally. B7T (talk) 18:45, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

The comment have more than 2 years. In the article Alcohol the word "blog" is not mentioned. I'll remove it.Caiaffa (talk) 03:41, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

Defamation or liability[edit]

Continue to add new developments to this section.

Judge Rules Reposting Entire Article Is Fair Use — Preceding unsigned comment added by Boxbanger 821 (talkcontribs) 06:11, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

Fake or Fictional Blogs[edit]

It looks like a section on fake or fictional blogs might be informative. There is no fundamental reason a blog can't be purely fictional although the blog/internet code of conduct, The Golden Rule should appy. Codwiki (talk) 15:23, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

Only if they are themselves notable. And do you mean blogs which are themselves fictitious, like the Gay Girl in Damascus turned out to be; or blogs which do not actually exist, but are described in fiction? --Orange Mike | Talk 17:26, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

What is a Web Journal?[edit]

The term "Web Journal" redirects here, but there is no mention of that term in the article. How does it relate to "blog", both technically and from a historical standpoint? In other words, why does it redirect here? (talk) 16:18, 22 November 2011 (UTC)

Because "web journal" is apparently an obscure term used by people who find the term "blog" too vulgar or informal in tone, and want a more genteel-sounding euphemism. --Orange Mike | Talk 15:29, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Diversity of Blogs[edit]

With such diversity of blogs available, it is important to create this new section in the "Blog" wikipedia page. Blogs are devoted to sets of diverse special interests, such as blogs specializing in planning a wedding. With weddings becoming more personalized, a new level of expectations have evolved, demanding more from than bride than ever. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:34, 16 December 2011 (UTC)

We'll need a reliable source that discusses about blog diversity. Qwyrxian (talk) 23:51, 16 December 2011 (UTC)

Citation problem[edit]

There is a widespread and bizarre deficiency among wikipedia editors, which makes them put citations in ridiculous places. To the uninfected, it seems completely obvious that you put a citation after the fact that it is sourcing, and not before or in the middle. But once infect you think they can go anywhere. Here in this article I've found the most preposterous example I've ever seen:

The Iraq war saw bloggers taking measured and passionate points[1] of view that go beyond the traditional left-right divide of the political spectrum.

But the article is protected so I can't correct it. How about someone puts the citation after the fact, instead of bizarrely in the middle not just of a sentence, not just of an idea, not just of a clause but in the middle of a three word phrase? And then how about you find out which poor soul decided that was a sensible place to put it, track them down, take them to one side and tell them to get help?

And then how about unprotecting the article? There can be no serious justification for it being protected for three and a half years. (talk) 23:53, 27 December 2011 (UTC)

If we don't put citations where they are, we wouldn't know about which facts they are supporting. As for page protection, this page has been a very frequent spam and vandal target, given the high visibility of this topic.Jasper Deng (talk) 23:56, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
First, note that I've changed your section title on this talk page, as there is no reason for the vulgarity. That being said, your concerns directed my attention to that sentence. At first, I was just going to move the citation, because you are correct that it would need to be moved at least to the end of the clause, and more likely to the end of the sentence. But then I actually read it, and the associated reference, and realized that the whole thing needed to be removed. While this is an article about blogs, that does not mean the sources can actually be blogs, at least when talking about general trends. That blog post didn't in any way support the sentence it was attached to--rather, it was an alleged example of a "measured and passionate point"...which, of course, is pure original research. If someone can find a reliable source that verifies the statement in question, it can be re-added, but it can't be there as it was.
However, I will say that your overall tone is unhelpful...please try to be a little more respectful of other editors, per WP:CIVIL. I do have to agree with Jasper Deng that unprotecting this article is simply not an option--that will just result in us making a dozen reverts a day of people adding in links to their own blogs. If you spot other problems in the article, just open a new thread here, use the template {{edit semiprotected}}, and politely explain what should be changed and why. Qwyrxian (talk) 00:18, 28 December 2011 (UTC)
Of course, just before I wrote this, it turns out that another admin did unprotect the page. Well, if it gets bad, I suppose we can just re-protect it. Qwyrxian (talk) 00:46, 28 December 2011 (UTC)
I like being vulgar. I'm a very vulgar person. Also I think that being "nice" and being "civil" has been extremely ineffective in encouraging proper adherence to standards of quality. Wikipedia is getting more amateurish by the day and it's at least partly because this business of "civility" is in practice used to discourage any criticism at all. But you already know me and my views in that respect.
Anyway, fair enough about the reasons for protection but surely it should almost always be a temporary measure. It would surprise me very much if this was so relentlessly targeted as to need permanent protection. But I am quite prepared to be surprised.
Jasper Deng, you appear to be claiming that all references are perfectly well placed just as they are. I don't think you actually can have read the example I posted. You use a very patronising "we" to attempt to justify the placement of a citation within a phrase. And then it turns out on closer inspection that it doesn't even support the fact that it is within. I'm glad that Qwyrxian took the time to examine the matter. (talk) 01:28, 28 December 2011 (UTC)
Guess what: If you can't be civil, you don't belong here. That's one thing about Wikipedia that isn't like other sites.
Now I see it more closely I think the citation could be moved, but not to the very end of it.Jasper Deng (talk) 20:43, 28 December 2011 (UTC)
Civility also includes reading an example before posting a patronising response to it. (talk) 01:10, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
No it doesn't, and I'm not gonna discuss this further (WP:STICK).Jasper Deng (talk) 02:27, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
It absolutely does. If you can't see the incivility in passing patronising comments when you haven't even bothered to read the example, you're got problems. (talk) 11:42, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

Blurring the distinction?[edit]

I don't really think interactive blogging websites like Blogger have done anything to make the distinction less apparent. This is the edit I'm talking about.Jasper Deng (talk) 05:12, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the feedback. I didn't cite Blogger. I merely was trying to make explicit what is already implicit in the balance of the introduction. (See the following paragraph regarding social networking.) Still, the "blurring" characterization is my own assertion without a source, so I'll repost without that sentence. Thanks again for the feedback. Frappyjohn (talk) 06:03, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Book log/Web log[edit]

This is a really small thing, but isn't blog conceived from the two words book and log? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:28, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

No. As the article says it is "Web"+"log". -- Alexf(talk) 11:16, 8 March 2012 (UTC)


[File:Nuvola apps edu languages.svg ] about this file are you kind to void "languages" in the title ?-thank you! (talk) 05:56, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Huh? Your meaning is not clear. -- Alexf(talk) 11:16, 8 March 2012 (UTC)
I think they wanted us to rename the file, without the word "languages" in the title. --Orange Mike | Talk 19:17, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

query re number of blogs in existence[edit]

The article claims as of 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs but the reference supporting this is a dud.

Has anyone got a more solid recent supportable figure on the number of blogs worldwide? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nebuchadnezzar o'neill (talkcontribs) 14:01, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

article needs more info[edit]

I have just read this article as I needed clarity unfortunately I didn't get a few questions immediately, or clearly answered. If what is the fundamental difference between a website and a blog? For me blogs are cheap, and untrustworthy,. I know wikipedia doesn't use them as r. S. All of these things should be in the article. Also technical info about blogging software should be clear. And references to critique of blogs. And more info on the bad of blogs. -- (talk) 10:03, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

You are welcome to add this information; however, you'll need to provide reliable sources that verify these claims. And, of course, you couldn't use terms like "cheap" or "untrustworthy", per WP:NPOV, though you could conceivably quote some expert's opinion to that effect. Qwyrxian (talk) 22:12, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

Suggestion: reducing clutter through list-defined references[edit]

Regarding [6]. Per Wikipedia:Citing_sources#Avoiding_clutter: "Inline references can significantly bloat the wikitext in the edit window and can be extremely difficult and confusing. There are three methods that avoid clutter in the edit window: list-defined references, short citations or parenthetical references. (As with other citation formats, articles should not undergo large scale conversion between formats without consensus to do so.)" I'd like to introduce list-defined references to this article, to make it more friendly to edit (less code -> closer to WYSWIWYG). This article was already using a single LDR before I was reverted; now it has none ([7]). Per the request of editor who reverted me and WP:CITEVAR recommendation I'd like to ask editors interested in this article for input which style they prefer, and strongly suggest following the "avoid clutter" recommendation. While LDR add a little code to the total size of the article, it amounts to only 10% or so of the total article size, so load time should not be significantly affected (nobody should notice a 10% change; also, section edit load time will shorter anyway...), and editing experience should become much friendlier. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 04:34, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

we need proof of this "significantly bloat the wikitext in the edit window and can be extremely difficult and confusing" -- I do not see it. I note that Piotrus has spammed many articles with his notice--and before he was stopped earlier today he was using a bot of some sort to make major formatting changes to major articles On none of those articles had he been an active editor and he never saw any of the "significant bloat". The idea is a bad one because it makes it much harder for the user to follow the notes. Rjensen (talk) 06:55, 17 November 2012 (UTC)
I hate list defined references. When I edit, I generally try to edit a single section. List defined references compel me to then go edit a separate section. Worse, if I remove "referenced" info that someone else added for whatever reason, I then have to go hunt through the references to find the fix. Finally, list-defined refs are extremely difficult for new users to learn. Piotr's final point "the editing experience should become much friendlier" is, in fact, the exact opposite of what LDR does. Qwyrxian (talk) 10:14, 17 November 2012 (UTC)
You seem to misunderstand what LDR are. The readers will click on the note and there will be a citation in the same place - at the end of the article; it's not like readers actually go to edit note for the reference. Nor should editors be confused, after all the ref name="abc"/ is common enough (I count many dozens in this article), adding some more and moving all full references to one place, where they are alphabetically organized, should make it more easy for editors to find the full ref. Currently they have to search for it or look for it, after LDR scheme is implemented, they can expect to find it in an alphabetical list in the bottom of the article. Also, I found your accusation of spamming to be uncalled for; familiarize yourself with WP:CIV and WP:NPA before trowing such unfriendly terms at others. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 19:53, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
But LDR is only good when a large number of the refs in an article are repeated. Again, my example applies in the majority of cases, where a reference is used one time. LDR essentially makes it impossible to edit a section--you always have to edit both the section and the reference section as well. You can also easily end up with refs in the reference section that are no longer in the article. Qwyrxian (talk) 23:32, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

Runaway refs[edit]

Um, does the statement "After the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad was charged with insulting the military for an article he wrote on his personal blog and sentenced to 3 years." really need 14 references? - dcljr (talk) 21:12, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

No, it certainly doesn't. And some of those didn't even appear to be RS. I've cut down to 1. Qwyrxian (talk) 00:51, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

Pride in blog posts[edit]

The article says "Personal bloggers usually take pride in their blog posts, even if their blog is never read.". This isn't backed up by any facts/citations. In fact, I could argue the contrary: unread blog posts could often give bloggers the feeling that the quality of their writing is low. - Bilalakhtar96 (talk) 01:05, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

I've cut it down to a single sentence. Qwyrxian (talk) 02:25, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 10 June 2013[edit]

I have reviewed this wiki and note that there is important information relating to this topic that is not present in the information provided. The Following copy needs to be inserted immediately after "credited with being one of the older and longer running weblogs.[18][19]" under the "Origins" heading.

The copy that should be inserted is:

"The world's First Travel Blog was created by Eric Roberts in the month of May 1996. It was a Blog chronicling a journey made by himself, and his wife, around the remote Northern parts of Australia in a 4WD car. The blog was built as a standalone website, and became very popular with 1000's of people around the world following their adventure. The original Blog is still live and can be found at <redacted>. It was first set up on a .com address of the same name, but later moved to the .info address!" Ecka62 (talk) 07:04, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

Please provide a reliable source that 1) verifies that this was the first travel blog, and 2) verifies that this is an important milestone (that is, we're not going to list the first travel blog, first food blog, first postmodernist theory blog, first...etc.). The site itself is not a reliable source for this claim, as we need something independent of the blog. I've gone ahead and removed the link in your site above, as we almost certainly wouldn't include it even if we included this claim, and having it here is just a kind of advertising. Qwyrxian (talk) 07:16, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

Modality of operation (updating)[edit]

On the 4th paragraph under the section "Origins" it says the following: "Blogs can be hosted by dedicated blog hosting services, or they can be run using blog software, or on regular web hosting services" I am not totally sure (that's why I haven't edited it) but it appears that there is a little mistake and this should be written as follows: "Blogs can be hosted by dedicated blog hosting services, or they can be run using blog software on regular web hosting services" Notice that I have deleted the "or" between " software" and "on regular... This changes the meaning and I suspect the wording I suggest represents the originally intended meaning of this sentence. On a second thought even this might not be OK. I would think that it should reflect blog software being run on the blogger's machine and then the content uploaded to the "regular web hosting service". Any suggestions on how to improve this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alex Pascual (talkcontribs) 16:22, 16 October 2013 (UTC) Alex Pascual (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 16:17, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Blog Usage[edit]

Although this page highlights a number of uses for blogs, the prevailing notion is still one of news items on a particular subject or a personal diary. I would like to see this page also mention the forms of serialized online publication that blogs can be associated with since they are probably the contributions that will have the greatest longevity. This includes 'Blog Fiction' (for which a page already exists somewhere) as well as serialized research and technical presentations. These benefit from a chapter-by-chapter presentation to a Web-based audience along with the potential for feedback and discussion. Reports of the demise of the 'blog', such as the recent one at The Blog is Dead have a very narrow focus by comparison.TonyP (talk) 14:00, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 31 January 2014[edit]

Citation 25 cites an article on Fortune Magazine's website which no longer exists. The link is dead. The same article can be found at

I am requesting that you update citation 25 to fix the dead link by replacing it with the live link to the same article. Thank you AlokinAlset (talk) 00:56, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

Partly done: I pulled an old version out of the Wayback Machine. Linking to the one you provided makes me nervous on grounds of copyright and plagiarism. Thanks! --ElHef (Meep?) 03:07, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

Java 1[edit] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:37, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

amanda slayton[edit]

A blog (a truncation of the expression web log)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently "multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users. (Previously, a knowledge of such technologies as HTML and FTP had been required to publish content on the Web.)

A majority are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via GUI widgets on the blogs, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.[2] In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking service. Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relations with their readers and other bloggers.[3] There are high-readership blogs which do not allow comments, such as Daring Fireball.

Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries; others function more as online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or "vlogs"), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts. In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources. These blogs are referred to as edublogs.

On 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.[4] On 20 February 2014, there were around 172 million Tumblr[5] and 75.8 million WordPress[6] blogs in existence worldwide. According to critics and other bloggers, Blogger is the most popular blogging service used today, however Blogger does not offer public statistics.[7][8] Technorati has 1.3 million blogs as of February 22, 2014[9] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:21, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Opinion Vs. Fact[edit]

The statement, “Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual” seems opinion, rather than fact. As early as 2005, both the Huffington Post and Freakonomics were hosting multi-author blogs. In early 2008, Hubspot also had a multi-author blog. Ormr2014 (talk) 22:28, 27 June 2014 (UTC)


Due to the vast amount of spam showing up on this Talk page, I have removed large chunks of content. It would be helpful if some people would add this page to their watch list and help police this discussion thread, as it has apparently become the playground of spammers. Ormr2014 (talk) 22:28, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

On the first visible chunk of content, there's a link to "Best Collection of Baby Blog WordPress Theme " which is blatantly SPAM.

Red "Blog software" links[edit]

Is there really that much disgust with thinking of blogs as web applications that after all this time, nobody can bring themselves to fill in these links? Egads. In 2014, make the connection, peeps! :) Stevie is the man! TalkWork 23:33, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Dark blog?[edit]

What is a Dark Blog? That page just redirects to the Blog article, which contains no explanation of the term. Tiggum (talk) 06:36, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Semi protected edit request[edit]

Requesting to replace Citation 10 dead link "After 10 Years of Blogs, the Future's Brighter Than Ever". Wired. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2008-06-05.[dead link] with a more up to date reference here: Tahoemnts (talk) 01:31, 27 November 2014 (UTC) Tahoemnts

I've fixed the link so it's no longer dead. Stickee (talk) 01:37, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

Spam in "See also" link section[edit]

There are links to the self-proclaimed "second-oldest man alive" and an Israeli blogging platform which claims to have been the first in the country. Hardly relevant, but due to the semi-protected status of the page, this spam can't be removed by the average user. (talk) 10:03, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Merge discussion[edit]

I tripped up on Collaborative blog today and found a pretty spammy-looking, poorly worded piece on collaborative blogging. After doing some heavy trimming, it looks like the relevant pieces could be merged here. Thoughts? Thargor Orlando (talk) 15:59, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

I'd also like to add Political blog to the merger. It appears it may have been split off some time ago, but seeing as the article is really just a bunch of examples, it appears what we have here is mostly sufficient with a few additions. Thargor Orlando (talk) 16:29, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
With no protests, I have merged/redirected both of these here. Thargor Orlando (talk) 16:45, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Blog: Origins[edit]

Before blogging became popular, digital communities took many forms, including Usenet, commercial online services such as GEnie, BiX and the early CompuServe, e-mail lists[14] and Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). In the 1990s, Internet forum software, created running conversations with "threads". Threads are topical connections between messages on a virtual "corkboard".

One such company, Telerate, a US company providing financial data to market participants, specialising in commercial paper and bond prices, employed Paul Casella, editor of Millwall Football Club's fanzine; The Lion Roars, to update its Bulletin Board System throughout the Italia 1990 Football World Cup. He opened a daily discussion and added articles about matches and news items throughout the competition. This created discussion threads and humour based exchanges.

The thread based article/discussion pages ran for a total of six weeks from 28th May 1990 to 9th July 1990. It was effectively the first blog.

Lawdmuck (talk) 16:36, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

The term blog might have been first used in the 1990s but I sure did not ever hear the term until about ten years ago (probably less). When I first heard the term I asked people what it is and they did not know. This article is misleading in terms of when the term became in general use. Sam Tomato (talk) 04:39, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Is blog synonymous with article?[edit]

People are beginning to use the term "blog" as being synonymous with "article". I think this is especially true of people in India. I think this article helps to separate the meanings of the two words and I hope it does so as much as is needed. This article however reflects the tendency of the term becoming so general that it is becoming synonymous with the word article and therefore meaningless as a useful term. Sam Tomato (talk) 04:33, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 25 April 2015[edit]


There are high-readership blogs which do not allow comments, such as Daring Fireball.

be changed to

However, there are high-readership blogs which do not allow comments, such as Daring Fireball.

since the sentence does not support its paragraph's topic sentence, and the lack of a contrast marker makes it read oddly? (talk) 16:17, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Seems reasonable. Yes check.svg Done Altamel (talk) 16:34, 25 April 2015 (UTC)