Digital History: History Blogs

This month Nick Poyntz examines the rapid rise of blogging among both professional historians and amateur enthusiasts.

Blogs - short for 'weblogs' - are a form of online diary or commonplace hook. They allow an individual or group to share ideas via the Internet with other people. Their content ranges from scattered thoughts to lengthy essays, as well as pictures and audiovisual recordings.

The term weblog was coined as early as 1997, but it was only in 1999, with the development by a US company called Pyra Labs of software called Blogger, that blogging started to take off. There is now a thriving community of enthusiasts across the world who blog about their historical passions and interests. Whatever period of history intrigues you, there is almost certainly someone else in the 'blogosphere' who shares your excitement.

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