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I'm one in a million, well actually, 100 million

May 23, 2008 - Art Smith
Like many things on the Web, once a new idea is introduced it tends to take hold and explode across the net fairly quickly.

Around ten years ago the idea of keeping online journals began to take hold. The term “Web log” was soon shorten to blog and people began putting their thoughts online. Advancements in technology made it possible for nearly anyone to post even their most random thoughts.

If you are reading this, you are reading a blog.  In ten short years blogs have grown from none to around 100 million. That’s a lot of people saying a lot of things about a lot of topics. With photo blogs, like our CU, video blogs, music blogs, audio blogs podcasting the word blog has become a term that simply means using media to express an opinion about something.

With such a huge mass of bloggers out there a reader can easily find hundred of blogs on whatever subject interest them.

When we redid six months ago we added the ability for staffers to write blogs. As with the general Internet, blogs on newspapers Web sites are a growing trend that allows staffers to connect to readers on a personal level. The ability of readers to comment on those blogs allows them to connect back.

We currently have several staffers writing on a variety of topics. Jim Bartholow's for instance general touches on the past. Currently he has a blog that remembers the "Bow Echo" storm of 1998. Evan Bevins writes movie reviews and is currently taking a look at what is going on this summer. Jennifer Houtman normally covers media issues in her blog and Erin O'Neill talks about life as a single mom in hers.


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