Blogging has roots all the way back to the early 1990s, when forum members would keep accounts of their day-to-day activities and in 1994 the first real blog, Justin’s Links, hit the web. Blogging has come a long way since the ‘90s, with over 156 million public blogs in existence as of February 2011. Everyone is blogging, from moms to techies to artists and politicians, and a fun infographic from Flowtown examines the blogging ecosystem.
‘The Evolution of the Blogger’ was actually created last December but it has seen a random burst of viral activity this month so we thought it was worth sharing with you. The infographic is designed as a flowchart, flowing through the history of the blog and exploring how all of the different “types” of bloggers have come to be.
We begin with the early categories of bloggers—the Emo Blogger (that favored LiveJournal), the Angry Blogger (that used the web as an outlet), and the obsessive blogger (that wrote about a single area or topic). These blogger types paved the way for a variety of other bloggers—political bloggers, travel, tech and food bloggers and more which, in turn, paved the way for Apple fan boy bloggers, gaming bloggers, activists, DIY, fashion, art & design and other topics. Today we’ve got bloggers blogging about virtually everything.
But we’re not at the end yet. Microblogging sites like Twitter and Tumblr have led to a new generation of bloggers, and it’s only just the beginning. Check out the infographic below and let us know what you think. What kind of blogger are you? Where do you think the future of blogging is headed?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.