Ultimately, this resulted in the distinct class of online publishing that produces blogs we recognize today.
For instance, the use of some sort of browser-based software is now a typical aspect of "blogging".
Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or "vlogs"), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts).
In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources. Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.
After a slow start, blogging rapidly gained in popularity. Senator Strom Thurmond, praised Senator Thurmond by suggesting that the United States would have been better off had Thurmond been elected president.
Blog usage spread during 1999 and the years following, being further popularized by the near-simultaneous arrival of the first hosted blog tools: On 6 December 2002, Josh Marshall's blog called attention to U. Senator Lott's comments regarding Senator Thurmond. Senator Lott was eventually to resign his Senate leadership position over the matter. Lott's critics saw these comments as a tacit approval of racial segregation, a policy advocated by Thurmond's 1948 presidential campaign.
is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries ("posts").
Before blogging became popular, digital communities took many forms, including Usenet, commercial online services such as GEnie, Byte Information Exchange (BIX) and the early Compu Serve, e-mail lists, and Bulletin Board Systems (BBS).The ability of readers to leave publicly viewable comments, and interact with other commenters, is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs.However, blog owners or authors often moderate and filter online comments to remove hate speech or other offensive content.However, there are high-readership blogs which do not allow comments.Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject or topic, ranging from politics to sports.