Actually , Jorn Barger invented the term "blog".
"In 1998 there were just a handful of sites of the type that are now identified as weblogs (so named by Jorn Barger in 1997)
" It took all the way until 1997, however, before the term “blog: was developed. The word as actually jokingly used by Jorn Barger when he broke the word weblog into two words, “we blog,” and posted it on the sidebar of his own blog. The term quickly caught on and has been in use ever since."
As stated in http://www.blockstar.com/blog/blog_timeline.html
"Like with the start of many things, early bloggers did not have a name for what they were doing. While it took some time for the genre and the name to develop, blogging has been around since the begining of the internet. "
So the actual inventor might be :Dave Winer
"Created by the US web guru Dave Winer, Scripting News is sometimes described as the first modern blog, though the term "weblog" was not used in the early days. Flickering into life on April 1 1997, Scripting News is still going strong and is credited with helping popularise RSS and podcasting, too. Winer himself actually calls info.cern.ch, built by Tim Berners-Lee, the first weblog because it "pointed to all the new sites as they came online". "
Still, Dane Winer's blog is described in wikipedia as:
"one of the oldest weblogs, established in 1997"
so there is a chance he is not......!
"Rec.humor.funny was created on Aug 7, 1987 after having first been proposed in 1986. This might qualify it as the oldest still-running blog."
And this one:
"I assign the title of the oldest blog to one of the earliest moderated newgroups "mod.ber" which was created by Brian Redman in late 1983. Mod.ber was a newsgroup where Brian and some friends identified interesting threads going on around the net, and posted summaries of them so people could find them -- very much like many of the popular "cool thing" link blogs today."
YET ANOTHER UPDATE (this is getting too long, I know, and I am sorry)
There are a few other online publications which might also make a claim for being first or oldest blog:
"Risks Digest" (online publication which began in 1985 and continues to this day)
"Telecom Digest" (mailing list stil in operation)
To Anna P below, even if you consider an online diary as a blog, I think you are wrong....
"The first online diary is thought to be Claudio Pinhanez's "Open Diary", published at the MIT Media Lab website from 14 November 1994 until 1996.Other early online diarists include Justin Hall, who began eleven years of personal online diary-writing in 1994, Carolyn Burke, who started publishing "Carolyn's Diary" on 3 January 1995, and Bryon Sutherland, who announced his diary The Semi-Existence of Bryon in a USENET newsgroup on On 19 April 1995 ."
But again...[Anna P] you might be right...:
Swarthmore student Justin Hall creates first blog ever, Links.net.
Online diarist Jorn Barger coins the term “Weblog” for “logging the Web.”
Programmer Peter Merholz shortens “Weblog” to “blog.”
Blogger rolls out the first popular, free blog-creation service."
Well, if you can, sort this out!
· 10 years ago