Earlier this summer, Simon Owens asked me if I’d give him an interview for his blog about the book I’ve been working on. I was happy to oblige. Then it turned out he took the piece to the PBS Media Shift blog, which he contributes to, and there it is, today — a little introduction to the project, a couple of interesting tidbits I’ve dug up, and a little perspective from Rebecca Blood to boot.
Here’s a bit:
Speaking with Rosenberg about his book, I felt like we were discussing evolutionary biology. Rosenbergâ€™s research goes beyond highlighting the earliest blogs, and slowly pieces its way through the primordial ooze of the Internet, tracing a line of websites in the early 1990s that first began taking on blog-like characteristics.
â€œMost of the people Iâ€™ve talked to, Iâ€™ve asked who had inspired them,â€ he said. â€œWho were you reading when you decided to start blogging? To a certain point that becomes a harder and harder thing the further back you go. For instance, Justin Hall started his site in January 1994, before most of us had heard of the web. I asked him, â€˜Well, youâ€™re one of the first bloggers, was there anyone out there who you were getting inspiration from?â€™ And he pointed me to this other guy named Ranjit Bhatnagar who was keeping a site at moonmilk.com in 1993. And, sure enough, it was a reverse chronological list of stuff he found on the web.â€
Thanks to Simon for the piece. I’ve now got rough drafts of more than half of my chapters, and am racing frantically to meet my deadline, which is before the end of the year. If I’m scarce round these parts, you know why.
Oh yeah, I also see that I’d better update my author photo when I get the chance!
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