according to wikipedia, the term weblog was coined by jorn barger on 17 december 1997. the short form, blog, was coined by peter merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog peterme.com in 1999. shortly thereafter, evan williams at pyra labs used blog as both a noun and verb (to blog, meaning to edit one’s weblog or to post to one’s weblog) and devised the term blogger in connection with pyra labs’ blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms.
web logs (blogs) have been popular in many contexts for decades. the function as open journals. some are very specific, others more general. they afford flexibility to share ideas of all sorts. content + network. there are hundreds of millions of blogs: personal, organizational, mixed-media, photo, video (vlog), micro, etc.
blogging facilitates literacy, or the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.
blogs are components of learning communities. according to a recent study of 100 academic blogs in the uk, usa, canada, and australia, bloggers mainly share ideas of interest to peers – 73% of content was geared for other academics, while 38% was for interested professional readers. in terms of content, 41% focus on academic cultural critique (e.g., comments funding and policy), 40% on research, and other topics (e.g., academic practice, tech help, career advice, etc.). our ideas are open for review, critique, exchange and extension.