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Ghost of days past: blogs and blogging

In 2002/03 most posts on elearnspace eventually returned to blogs. They were cool back then. Now, they are so common as to almost cease to exist as a unique entity. Universities use blogs to recruit students. Corporations use them for marketing. Activists use them for promoting their message. Blogs have become background noise in the rush to interactive social media. Over the last few days, however, recent reports/posts have revived blogs as a unique concept. Consider:

State of the blogosphere (2008)
TechCrunch focuses on blogs for revenue generation
ReadWriteWeb suggests they are not as mainstream as suggested by some. They detail that of the 133 million blogs, only 1.1% have updated in the last 7 days.
And finally, a brief consideration of the history of blogging.