The Evolution of the Blogger – Then and Now

February 1, 2016 by Marketing Infographics Team


The concept of blogging is nothing new, it’s actually been around for well over two decades now. What has changed is how people have used blogging for creating content, and the means of setting up a blog. Years ago, to setup a blog and use the WordPress platform, you would need to download the software, upload it to your server, setup a database and configure all of your settings. Now it’s as easy as setting up a web hosting account and clicking a button to have WordPress installed in a matter of seconds.

Along with how the process of creating a blog has changed, so has the “blogger” in itself. In the early years of blogging, it was considered an “online diary” or a “weblog”, now blogs are one of the most common ways of creating content online. Millions of blogs are created every month from individuals throughout the world, and top Fortune 500 brands are using blogging to grow their reach and engaging with their audience.

In the “Evolution of the Blogger” infographic below, we are going to take a look at how the average blogger has transformed over the past 20 years, while also helping you get a better idea on what type of blogger you might be.

Evolution of the Blogger

The Evolution of a Blogger Infographic Summary
Blogging is all about content creation and letting an individual or brand create something to share with the rest of the world. Blogging first started in the early 90s and since then, it’s completely changed the way we create and read content online. Below you will find a summary of the many different types of bloggers in the world today.

Online Diary – The modern blogger evolved from early online diaries and threads in the 90s. Forum members would often keep a running online account of their day to day activities.
The Originator – In January 1994, Justin Hall, a student at Swarthmore University created the first blog, “Justin’s Links for the Underground”. A new era of self-initiated documentation begins.
Web+Log – Jorn Barger is the apparent orgiinator of the term “weblog” inspired from the term “logging the web”. He was later accused of being a homeless vagrant. The beard may have had something to do with it… but he was still an earlier peice in what ultimately makings the blogging puzzle today.
Angry Blogger – Bloggers such as “Misanthropic B*tch” came onto the scene armed with their web software, salty language and an all-consuming anger about pretty much anything.”
Travel and Food Bloggers – There has also been a wave of bloggers who found it upon themselves to start blogging about their trips, vacations and yes… even the food they eat. Amazingly enough, today these are some of the most well known bloggers in the world today.
Celebrity Gossip – As long as there is a never ending supply of celebrity dirt and gossip to talk about, there will be an endless supply of celebrity gossip blogs to reach it from.
Company Blogger – Based on the proven success of blogging as an industry and platform, companies are increasingly entering the space to promote their products, services and leaders.
There is a whole world out there for blogging, and little niche markets for everyone. It doesn’t matter what kind of blogger you are, just as long as you keep on blogging!

Infographic Source: Flowtown

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