Blogs are considered to be a relatively new phenomenon in the last 20 years. But are they?
In the 1500’s through the 1800’s, Ben Franklin, Samuel Sewell, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine, Adam Smith, and many others published what were called pamphlets – short small booklets with their news, ideas, and opinions (their content) about contemporary affairs.
Sounds like a blog doesn’t it?
There were thousands of these printed. In one reference they have more than 15,000 titles: Pamphlets in American History
“I was the first multimedia producer at the IBM PC Division. One of my roles was managing editor of one of the first professional blogging groups – 15 full-time freelance journalists that wrote about our products, services, and customers – in 1987. The first brand journalism group that I know of.
We published on Internet Newsgroups, Forums, and Weblogs. Some of the content was used in an old medium: print [press releases… plus brochures, magazines, newsletters, and product packaging.]”