Today I Learned – UKB Special

Today I Learned - UKB Special

yo! i don’t know if intros are the done thing when doing these posts on other websites? meh, i’m dan, i write ramblings every day about stuff i learned  (I refer to it as #tdil – today i learned).

before we get started on today’s #blogception … i just want to note that i do know how to use capitals  – you see, i do writing for a living … i just like to rebel when i blog and not use them  i’m cool like that #anarchy. anyway, shall we begin?

#tdil about the history of blogging! like, have you ever just stopped and thought – ‘where on earth did this wonderful idea even come from? ’ (no? me neither until today).

it’s actually pretty surprising how long blogs have been around; you’d be forgiven for thinking that they weren’t really a thing until fairly recently.

well, apparently, it’s widely believed that the first blog ‘’ was actually made by a dude called justin hall in 1994!? #umwhat. how mad is that … this whole idea of blogging is 23 years old!?

anyway, back then, justin simply referred to his ‘blog’ as his personal homepage . the early form of the term ‘blog’ didn’t even come around until 1997 when jorn barger coined the phrase ‘weblog’ . this was later shortened to blog in ‘99 by a gent named peter merholz.

(i feel like i’m writing about the godfathers of blogging  like some kind of super important scribe in ancient times #praisebetothegods )

anyhew, it was in the early 2000s that blogs really took off … like, to paraphrase anchorman, things escalated quickly  in 1999 there were just 23 recorded blogs on the internet … in 2006 this number had increased to 50million!?

that’s a trend that continued to this day; helped by the invention of things like blogger and WordPress, these days there are over 1.5billion blogs! no wonder it’s so darn difficult to get a new school blog out there to the world .

the growth of blogging is actually pretty fascinating – it literally went from zero to tasty in under 30 seconds. in 2003, this was aided even further by the invention of adsense  it was the first ad platform that could match adverts to the content of a blog … it basically made it possible for bloggers of all sizes to start making dat dollar.

these days, whilst only a small amount of people make lots of $$ from their content, blogs have become rather important … even for businesses! so important in fact, that social media examiner (->here<-) reported that 45% of marketers say blogging is the most important piece of their content strategy!

so yeah, keep up the hard work y’all  we’re all mega important  … even if you aren’t in this for the ££, we’re entertaining hella loads of people  #teambloggists

right, i’m totes rambling now  so i’m gonna stop. if you want to read more about the history of blogs (yes, i was brief, there’s more!) the best of my sources can be found ->here<-

anyway, back to donuts 

laterz  #tdil

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  1. Hi Dan,

    I was tempted to comment all in caps to emulate your lower caseness thing, but tbh it’d be glib and gimmicky, so I’m going to be conventional. How disappointing!

    I like your style of writing, it’s captivating. I look forward to reading more of your work over the next few days.
    Thanks for doing what you do.

    1. hi colin!

      thank you for your very kind words i’m glad that you enjoyed reading it.

      go forth and throw off those shackles of convention … write in an entirely new mixture of caps based goodness!

      again, glad you enjoyed if you think of/learn any interesting facts, give me a shout


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