The man who coined the word "blog" has been blogging for 20 years

Peter Merholtz, who first split "weblog" into "we blog", has been at the blogface for two decades.

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

When I started blogging back in 2001, I felt really late to the game. Launching this blog in 2003 felt almost laughably laggardly. And yet now I read that that blog of the man who coined the term blog is less than five years older than mine:

May 2, 1998 proved to be a momentous day for me. I launched, with a post about my experiences at CHI 98. That very original page doesn’t exist anymore (I overwrote it to update the navigation on the left-hand side), but the content is there in its full glory.

His perspective of the importance of the blog to his life is resonant, too:

Apart from meeting my wife, having kids, and starting Adaptive Path, there is probably no experience more impactful in my life than that fateful day I created my personal home page.

My entire career and income for the past 11-and-change years is purely down to my decision to start this blog.


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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.