The word "weblog" was coined on 17 December 1997 by Jorn Barger. The shortened form, "blog", was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokily broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog. Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs'
The ultramodern blog evolved from the online diary. Majority of such writers termed themselves as journalists, diarists. Justin Hall, began individual blogging in 1994 while he was a student at Swarthmore College, and he is usually recognized as one of the earlier bloggers as is Jerry Pournelle. Dave Winer's Scripting News is also attributed with being one of the older and longer running weblogs.
In antique times, blogs were manually updated components of common Web sites. The development of blogging tools led to the production and maintenance of Web articles posted in converse sequential order made the publishing process feasible to a much larger, less technical, population. Finally it resulted to the different class of online publishing that creates the blogs we see today.
From a slow start, blogging swiftly gained in popularity. Blog usage grew during 1999 and the years following, being additionally popularized by the near-instantaneous advent of the first hosted blog equipment. Blogging was also embraced in the political sector. For example, it was the driving force behind “Rathergate” scandal in the US.
By the year 2004, the function of blogs became progressively typicla, as political consultants, news services, and aspirants started using them as instruments for opinion forming and outreach. Blogging was created by politicians and political aspirants to articulate opinions on war and other issues and bolstered blogs' function as a news source.