It started with one person opening up a buggy piece of software and typing a few Times New Roman words in a blank white box.
I’m making some assumptions with “Times New Roman” and “white,” but odds are on my side, I think.
It grew into a small group of people struggling to explain to their friends and family what they were doing.
Why are you writing a journal and putting it on the World Wide Web for everyone to look at??
Which inched its way into a few communities of people who left comments to encourage each other.
Awesome post! Who knew you could do that without power tools!
And then got the attention of the media.
Who are these “Bloggers,” and why do they think anyone is interested in what they have to say?
Which made more people think it was something they’d like to try.
I could write a blog. I have thoughts. (Name that movie.)
So the topics became diverse and sometimes unexpected.
Ooh, look. A blog about macaroni art!
And people made connections where they thought they never could.
Finally someone who understands my over-steamed-milk-at-Starbucks anxiety!
And more people read, and more people wrote.
How can I ever keep up with all the things I want to read?!?
More people found a voice, and more people connected with more people.
Let me tell you why this is important!
Causes were celebrated, vulnerable populations were bolstered.
So many people donated, I couldn’t keep from crying.
The business world took notice.
How many readers do I need before I can run ads and make back my hosting money?
The tech community took notice.
We can make blogs better. Faster. We have the technology. (Name that TV show.)
And a movement of people millions strong changed the face of communication, the nature of business, and the fundamentals of language.
What do you mean the API is overloaded? Where’s my stream??
A vocal, effervescent, articulate, dedicated, supportive, innovative and creative sub-culture now exists in this world.
And I am proud to be a part of it.