Blogging Goes Mainstream
Friday, December 20, 2002; 9:57 AM
A piece in London's The Independent surmises that the rise in blogging this year might actually have to do with all the unemployed techies -- more time for technology-savvy minds to put their thoughts online: "We once sat in Aeron chairs, played table football on company-provided tables, and sailed midnights on San Francisco Bay on company-rented yachts. We wrote code, we marketed, we worked late, very late. A couple of us became wealthy, very wealthy. A lot didn't," Chris Gulker, a blogger in his own right, wrote in the newspaper. "Many of us are Webloggers 'bloggers' for short. It would be interesting to see if there's a correlation between the meteoric rise of blogging, the practice of keeping a frequently-updated online journal, and the rise of unemployment in Silicon Valley and other tech corridors. When you're not working, you don't have to worry about the boss objecting to you working on a blog."
The Independent: The View From Silicon Valley: Bloggers Come in From the Cold
The Washington Post ran a piece on the popularity of blogs yesterday, by writer and blogger Jennifer Balderama (she publishes a blog called "Nonsense Verse." Balderama wrote: "In the past couple of years, hundreds of thousands of people have been drawn to this burgeoning realm of digital publishing. Free Web-based software has made it so easy to publish a blog that even the code-phobic can thrive in a world once dominated by HTML wizards. ... But since many bloggers have no background in publishing, they often come to the medium unaware of the rules that apply, and complaints are becoming more common. Many people publish as if they were untouchable, assuming that because what they write appears in a virtual world, it won't come back to burn them in the "real" world. Many overlook the fact that their rants can potentially reach millions of people when posted on the Internet. The same law that relates to publishing in the offline world, generally speaking, applies to material posted publicly on a Web log."
The Washington Post: Free Speech, Virtually
We know blogging has hit the mainstream for sure when companies are trying to make a profit on what started as a grass-roots effort. This week a Providence, R.I. company called Traction Software unveiled new versions of Web log software for businesses, designed for marketers to conduct market research online.
eWeek: Traction Extends Enterprise Blogging