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3 Turning Points in the History of Blogging

A blogging pioneer picks out three major events that forever changed online (and "dead tree") media.

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Kathy Shaidle

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September 12, 2012 - 8:45 am
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This year marks my 12th “blogversary.”

That’s right: Before Instapundit, before LittleGreenFootballs, even before PJ Media  — I AM.

Inspired by proto-blogs RobotWisdom and PopCultureJunkMail, and powered by the free, easy-to-use Blogger platform, I originally set up something called RelapsedCatholic (now FiveFeetOfFury) as a swipe file/staging area for my Toronto Star religion column.

(Amusingly, Blogger itself started out as just a quick and dirty way for PyraLabs staffers to discuss the company’s “real” projects.)

My Toronto Star column is long gone,  but my blog is still up. So are thousands of others.

But in those early days, I could complete my morning blog-reading rounds before finishing my first coffee.

One of those must-reads was the Drudge Report, of course. One Tuesday morning, at the top of its third column, Matt posted a tiny photo and a one-line “breaking” story: reports of a small plane hitting the World Trade Center.

“Not another Kennedy,” I tsked, remembering John Jr.’s death not long before.

Sadly, no.

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