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After everyone finally remembered that it was short for “web log,” Blog was crowned Merriam-Webster’s word of the year in 2004. The Blogosphere gave rise to new approaches to media, journalism, and websites in general. Through services like LiveJournal, Xanga, and Blogger We started archiving our lives online and basically never stopped. Basically, it was cool that we were all privately and publically recording ourselves, until government surveillance made it scary again.

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Blogs didn’t look great in 2004. The web didn’t look great in general. It was still very exciting back then though. How things have changed.

I sort of wish I had an image of my first blog from 2004 to have a giggle at… mmm well, maybe not.