Every August 5th is observed as Blogger Day. This is a holiday that celebrates one of the most popular publishing platforms in the world. A blog, a shortening of the word weblog, is an informational website that’s published on the Internet and consists of diary-style text entries that are typically displayed in reverse chronological order.
Although these blogs originally started out as the work of individuals, they have increasingly been used by organizations, universities, and media outlets to distribute information. Today, there are over 600 million blogs published among the 1.9+ billion websites that currently exist on the Internet. This holiday might just be the perfect day to explore some of them or to write one for yourself.
The History Of Blogger Day
Currently, it’s impossible to uncover the history of the blog. The World Wide Web was invented in 1980 by Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist, and it’s believed that the first blog post appeared in the early 1990s.
Originally, blogs were created by only a few individuals who had the know-how to create their own blog from scratch, but soon blogging platforms came online that enabled a greater number of people to create their own blogs. This is when blogging began to grow at an exponential rate — a trend that continues to this very day.
In 1999, Blogger Day was invented to celebrate bloggers and what they do. We’re unsure of who invented this holiday, but we’re sure they probably were involved with blogging in some way. They were either a blogger, wrote for a blog, or worked for a blogging platform. At least, that would be our best guess. If anyone out there knows more about this holiday or who created it, they can feel free to shoot us a line.
Some Interesting Facts About Blogs
Below are some interesting facts about blogs that we would like to now share with everyone interested in the subject of blogging and/or Blogger Day. We hope that the following factoids prove to be fun, informative, and above all, educational.
- Over 2 million blogs are published a day.
- In the U.S. alone, there are over 32.7 million blogs.
- It’s been estimated that approximately 80% of all Internet users read blogs.
Observing Blogger Day
This is a day for people to celebrate the power of blogging. They can use this day to give a shout-out to some of the bloggers they enjoy reading, or they can take the time to create their own blog. People can also profess their love for blogging online using the hashtag #BloggerDay. They can even use that hashtag on their own blog if they so desire.