Today I had the opportunity to chat with an old internet buddy, before Blogging History, that I met a long time ago, way before I called myself a blogger. As old friends do, we found ourselves reminiscing on past accomplishments, challenges and good times.
The conversation really got me thinking about the changes we’ve seen in the last fourteen+ years and how blogging is a big part of those changes.
No one had any idea what the online world would look like. There was no Facebook, Twitter or even, wait for it…. GOOGLE! And, of course, this was way before blogging. It’s funny, I was just reading a fantastic interview by Holly Jahangiri on The Next Goal and she [Holly] made this statement, “I was trying to wrap my head around the word “blog,” which still sounds like an intestinal disorder”. I can totally relate to that sentiment. I can remember telling a friend about this new thing called a blog. I wasn’t sure what it was but it sounded interesting.
How Blogging Has Improved Web Design
Back in the day (I can’t believe I just said that), everything was HTML. Plain text and images. Things had to be structured with tables and cells. It wasn’t long before CSS came out and things started getting pretty exciting – and complicated. Write it, code it, design it, upload it and see what it looked like. “Now why is my logo in the middle of the page?” Start the process over. And over, and over…
There was no Web 2.0 or social anything. Before Google, internet search was a crap shoot so forget SEO. Getting others to your site was accomplished only by shrinking to micron level, snaking yourself through the net and dragging people by their hair.
Blogging History Has Improved Web Design
So now we have blogs, internet search and social networking. Absolutely anyone can blog. People of all ages and all walks of life blog on WordPress, Blogger and even Facebook without so much as registering a domain. Today’s blog, with a few clicks and a shiny theme, can outperform and look better than any website from way back when.
The Future Of Blogging And Web Development
I am so glad to be around with all of today’s innovations and can’t wait to see what the online future holds, especially blogging. I predict Virtual Blogging, where we can REALLY reach out and touch someone. lol
What are your first online memories? When did you start blogging and how has it changed your online world? What do you see for the future of blogging?