Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Blogging history followup, and death of another newspaper

Rex Hammock has a thoughtful addition to the 'first blogger' discussion mentioned yesterday. His chronology makes a lot of sense, but Hammock says up front that everyone remembers blogging differently. He calls it The history of blogging founding-myths — based solely on what I can remember off the top of my head:
In addition to “the first blogger,” it would be interesting to then note the first bloggers who did specific things (blog from a warzone, political convention, outer-space) — that could open up years of debates.
Come to think of it, I think everyone should write their own version of the history of blogging. Or, how they remember it. Maybe just the history of their own blog — or maybe the history of how they think blogging started. Or the history of how they first read a blog.

And, in another sad days for newspapers, Scripps' Cincinnati/Kentucky Post announces it will cease publishing at the end of this year.
Editor Mike Philipps writes a poignant column about his paper's demise:
I wish things were different. I wish the world was more agreeable to the profession I have invested more than 35 years trying to master.
I wish young people read more. I wish advertisers realized the value of an product with ads that can't be filtered out. But, as Napoleon observed, and Donald Rumsfeld famously cribbed, "We must take things as we find them, and not as we might wish them to be."

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