I think everyone knows that radio and any business that involves music has changed A TON in the last century. After taking an (unplanned) exit from the radio industry, I'm back in the saddle and ready to go. But it's not like riding a bike! Well the on air-part is...but there's so much more to my industry now. So many different ways to interact with and get to listeners. Twitter, podcasts, blogging...OH MY!
So here i am, trying my hand at this blogging thing...BLOG..BLOG...it doesn't even sound like a real word. How did it become a word? Who thought of it?
I'm a person that likes to know how and why so.......
The Early Years. It's generally recognized that the first blog was Links.net, created by Justin Hall. He was a college student at Swarthmore College in 1994. He just called it his personal homepage.
It wasn't until 1997 that the term "weblog" was coined. The word's creation has been attributed to Jorn Barger. The term was created to reflect the process of "logging the web as he browsed.
He;s a programmer and shortened "weblog" to "blog" in 1999. 5 YEARS later Merriam-Webster declared the word their word of the year.
Ok, so now I know a little bit of how blogging came about, and the silly name makes a little more sense.
I looked at my friend/coworker Sara Jean's blogs so I could get an idea of how to go about it. Sara's blogs were flawless, eloquently written.......I thought "ah crap, I'm doomed!" My writing is choppy, I write for radio(to speak out loud)) and not for reading (like a book or a newspaper). The two writing styles are so different....opposite, per say. I switch subjects at the blink of an eye......my best word to describe my brain is-DISCOMBOBULATED.
So, wish me luck, and the same to you those of you who attempt to read and understand a little about me!