Did you know there’s a whole day dedicated to celebrating blogs and the bloggers behind them? Since the early 2000s, August 31st has been known as World Blog Day. Naturally, we’re excited to mark this holiday!
What are blogs?
If you’re here, you probably already know the answer to this question, but you might not know about the history of blogging.
In 1994, Justin Hall, a Swarthmore College undergraduate, created links.net and began using it as a diary. He pioneered the practice of documenting thoughts and sharing personal insights online, so he’s often credited with being the world’s first blogger.
Despite its growing popularity, the word “blog” didn’t come about for a few more years. Jorn Barger described his website “log” as a “weblog” in 1997, and the term was eventually truncated to just “blog” and used as both a noun and a verb.
WordPress launched in 2003, providing an accessible platform for bloggers, and things continued to evolve from there. Sites like Huffington Post and Buzzfeed blurred the line between blogging and journalism, and throughout the early 2000s, blogging continued to gain popularity worldwide.
In 2015, the .blog domain was added, helping bloggers expand their reach and better cater to their target audiences.
There are now over 600 million blogs online, and millions of new posts are published every day.
Why are they worth celebrating?
Blogs are an exciting, accessible, and noteworthy way to share and receive information. Because anyone can become a blogger, they’re diverse and varied, and they cover a whole host of incredible topics.
Want to learn something new? You can learn it on a blog!
With so many different topics and styles, there’s a blog out there for everyone. Bloggers pour their time, energy, and hearts into creating desirable content and maintaining their sites, and we think that’s worth celebrating.
How can you celebrate?
1. Have a blogging party
Need an excuse to throw a party? Have one for World Blog Day! Hosting a blogging event, either virtually or in person, is a great way to network, promote your brand, and celebrate. It doesn’t have to be elaborate; you can invite people to join you on social media, host a giveaway, or give out branded swag.
2. Blog about it
Why not celebrate the day dedicated to blogging by writing a blog post? Schedule a special post educating people about the history of blogging or, better yet, outline the history of blogging in your particular niche.
3. Network with other bloggers
Use this day as an opportunity to get to know others in your field. See if any organizations in your niche are hosting events or contact a fellow blogger about guest posting.
4. Try something new
World Blog Day could be your chance to try something new, like adding a new feature to your blog.
Do you already have a content calendar? If not, look for a free template to bring more organization and planning to your blog. What about video? Have you tried adding this trendy media to your site? If not, let World Blog Day inspire you to give it a try!
If you need more ideas, check out our post on the latest blogging trends [link to blog trends article]. We’re always working to keep you up to date so your blog remains on the cutting edge.
5. Start a blog
Have you been thinking about starting a blog but haven’t yet? What better day to jump in! The blogging community is a wonderful place, and we’re always here to support you.
Happy World Blog Day
Since their very first appearance almost 30 years ago, blogs have exploded. They’ve grown and evolved from simple online diaries to incredible sources of information and entertainment. We’re thrilled to be part of the blogging community and share its rich history.
For World Blog Day, we’re celebrating all bloggers and encouraging you to find a fun way to mark this special holiday.