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Tuesday, November 17, 2009



History of Blogging
In 1997, John Barger gave the name ‘weblogs’ or ‘blog’ for short, to describe a new form of website that is usually operated by one person and maintained with regular entries of whatever topic the owner of the weblog wishes to write about.  (Blood, 2000)

The Blogging Phenomenon
Now, barely 12 years later, blogs have evolved from an electronic personal diary to an influential form of new media and freedom of expression to a money making industry. Since 2007, Technorati has reported that there are at least 112 million blogs existing in the World Wide Web (Sifry, 2007) with 900, 000 new blogs being created everyday! (Kiwanuka, 2009)

The influence of blogs has also become a force to be reckoned with. Bloggers and blogs have begun to alter the balance of power in the media and have created ripples effects through society. For example, in the 2008 Malaysian General Elections, the success of Pakatan Rakyat, the political opposition, in capturing 82 of the 222 seats was linked to bloggers which helped ran a significant portion of its campaign in through blogs in cyberspace. (Yeoh, 2008) Anyone who is still unfamiliar with the power of blogs has been living in a cave since roughly 2002.

Why We Blog
There are countless reasons why people would get into blogging. Some feel that blogging is the best way to express their feelings and opinions. Some do it as a hobby. Some are in it for the money blogs earn from online advertisers. In my opinion, one of the main benefits of blogging to society is that blogging creates a space for everyone to have freedom of expression.

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  2. Kiwanuka, B 2009, “900,000 New Blogs Created Everyday Means Yours Is Irrelevant Unless...,” online, retrieved 18 November 2009, from
  3. Sifry, D 2007, “The State of the Live Web," April 2007,” online, retrieved 18 November 2009, from
  4. Yeoh, O 2008, ‘What role did New Media play in GE 2008?’ The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur

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