Thank you everyone for coming yesterday!
Some information on the History of Blogging:
Blogging has been around since 1994 as a way to display information so that the most current article/post is the one you see first. In 1997 the term “weblog” was coined by someone who had a website that “logged the web”. In 1999 the word “blog” was first used by a computer programmer. Fun fact: in 2005 “blog” was the word of the year.
But blogging didn’t really take off until the late 90’s, and by 2003 there were millions of blogs available online publicly. Several of the first sites where you could create your own personal blog are still around, notably Livejournal and Blogger.
A Brief History of Blogging by Cameron Chapman at Webdesigner Depot
An example of an early blog post: http://scripting.com/davenet/1994/10/13/lettertocannavino.html
Some more information on WordPress
Some resources to follow-up from this week’s questions:
- Moving from a free WordPress.com site, to a hosted WordPress.org site: http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog
- Blogging & Privacy: https://www.eff.org/wp/blog-safely
- Some of the tips are a bit advanced for most of us, but the basic principles are useful.
- Where does Spam Come From?
- Commenting Etiquette: https://blog.shareaholic.com/blog-comment-etiquette/
- Blogging 101’s Post on “5 Blogging Etiquette Tips for Beginning Bloggers“
- Some great resources on online harassment:
- Get Cyber Safe: What are the potential legal consequences of cyberbullying?
- Stay Safe Online: Cyberbullying & Online Harassment
- Working to Halt Online Abuse (tips)
- The Atlantic: What the Law Can (and Can’t) Do About Online Harassment
- Making a career on blogging:
- What makes a website “unsafe”?
- Malware sites contain code to install malicious software onto users’ computers. Hackers can use this software to capture and transmit users’ private or sensitive information.
- Phishing sites pretend to be legitimate while trying to trick users into typing in their username and password or sharing other private information. Common examples are web pages that impersonate legitimate bank websites or online stores
- These unsafe sites might have once been legitimate, but then were hacked.