Happy Birthday To The Blogosphere!

By Alison July 16, 2007 19 Comments 2 Min Read


The world of blogging was ten years old on Saturday. 

Imagine that… a world without blogging! A world where I didn’t feel the urge to share my remarkable capacity for turning my life into one long comedy sketch, and a world where a women called Nancy would never have been given the opportunity to tell me to keep  my silly opinions  to myself and  get a sense of humour! A world where one  astonishing women after another didn’t reveal themselves in all their  mind blowingly creative, all too  human glory, where oceans still mattered and Mommies from New York couldn’t be bestest friends with Farmers wives from Suffolk without enduring marathon postal delays and crackly phone lines.   

Doesn’t bear thinking about does it?

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of talking to a remarkable man with a burgeoning and fascinating interest (and astonishing knowledge thereof) in modern feminist politics. The world of blogging was not something he knew much about and as I sat there trying to articulate the astonishing women I had encountered during the three years I have been blogging, the opportunities blogging has offered to so many of us, the tiny businesses leveraged across continents by sites like Etsy and Ebay, and the networks and relationships we have all been lucky enough to forge, I could see his incredible mind ticking over as I spoke…

"So" he said "What we essentially have here is a new wave in feminism?"

"Well, ermmmm, yep, I guess you could call it that…"

"Women" he said "Combining and above all else, celebrating,  their creativity, and harnessing their business skills to produce a way of life that allows them to be independant, satisfy their need to express themselves, and bring up their children without compromising their need to parent the way they see fit, nor feel demoralised by keeping house?"

"Indeed" said I.

"Wow" said he. "It’s a cultural revolution!!"

And maybe it is. For me at least blogging has represented a very personal revolution and for that  I  will be forever  grateful…

Happy Birthday to the blogosphere. Who knows where  it’s going to take us. 


  1. Gena King says:

    I agree Alison, I love blogging, I have met some amazing women as a result, long may it last. Ignore the Nancy person.

  2. Oh, I agree! I wonder where my blog will be in three years.
    So, what happened ten years ago Sat, or was that just a fun way to say a woo-hoo for the blog?

  3. Danielle says:

    I couldn't have put it better myself! (seriously, I really couldn't! I love the way you write) x x

  4. another lurker says:

    Alison, I'm glad you can take all of the tasteless comments in stride. Your readers would do well to follow your example.

  5. tiredofitall says:

    Have you ever thought about tightening the comments function? Or maybe establishing rules of posting etiquette, then deleting comments or banning people who don't follow them? It's not just the blatant rudeness that bothers me – even things like Amber's "poo on that granny" comment are uncalled for. You'd have to decide, though, where to draw the line.

  6. Hmm, is it possible to feel both old and young at the same time? I'm so new to blogging that I'm just learning all the in's, out's, pro's, con's and importantly the etiquette. But I'm old enough to remember when my work computer was shared with several other gals; Everything was done by keystroke (does anyone else remember Shift F7, 1?); Windows – ha!; The fonts were Amber and Green, only; Floppy Disks really were floppy; There were no pictures on computers – at least not in my law office world; Our "mouse" was the ability to go page up and page down using the quick "home home up/down" feature; We had to tear the edge off the paper after it printed; and "the internet" was a term only the geekest of guys wearing horn-rimmed glasses knew. Has it really already been 10 years since blogging was born??? Oh my… Once upon a time I was the youngest girl in the office…
    (p.s. I'm all for reviewing content before a post can be viewed. Why pass along someone else's bad day?)

  7. jean says:

    Alison, one time you put up an article about how to measure progress in one's life. Here's another example of how far you've come since the "Alyssa" days (anyone remember that debacle?). You seem to finally be coming into your own and are a model of tact and grace. Can't say the same for a number of your readers, though. I'm all for comment moderation, too.

  8. mary margaret gallag says:

    Yes, "Count Your Blessings," so true, so true. You would think that with so many people who comment here running blogs of their own, they would realize the effects of thoughtlessly shooting off their mouths. Oh well, what-ever……

  9. Nancourt says:

    Hi Alison,
    Thanks for letting me know that YOU know which Nancy I am. Apparently SOME of the commenters here don't since I have been subjected to the ugly troll attack. Oh well, even ugly people need attention, huh?
    As long as you and I are square, that spineless mollflanders/tiredofitall/anotherlurker can go suck an egg.
    Hugs to you and Fin!

  10. Elegant Lady says:

    Nancourt, as another lady said, why pass along your bad day to others? You sound very bitter and frustrated, and although it's regrettable that someone has taken exception with you, your tone detracts from the lovely atmosphere that Alison has tried to create here. Please do try to be civil and respect the other ladies who wish to come here for a pleasant gathering. There are far better ways of expressing yourself.

  11. another lurker says:

    Man, where is Miss Manners when you need her? To paraphrase Helen (who put it so aptly), why oh why oh why offer comments that add nothing to the discussion and only make you appear to be very silly and angry?

  12. Nancourt says:

    Add elegant lady (?!) to the troll's list of names.

  13. jean says:

    I just followed Nancourt's link, and must say that she does have something to be upset about. As for the way she speaks to people here, I guess as long as Alison doesn't have a problem with it, none of us should, either.

  14. Nancourt says:

    Sorry Alison.
    As for Jean and the other trolls, just know that while you are pointing your fingers at me saying I speak ugly to folks, you have four pointing back at you.
    Alison knows I am not the one stirring up the stink. In your attempt to come off as holier than thou, YOU are keeping her site uglied up. Stop it.
    I only posted openly the first time so Ali would know the name might be the same but not the person. She already knew but it did not stop the creep(s) from doing exactly the same thing to me on my site.
    Holier than thou and guilty as sin. I am thinking the original ugly post by that nancy person is from the same person who keeps posting here under different anonymous names. You CAN be traced….
    Look in the mirror, trolls…and stop dragging this site through your muck.

  15. Julie says:

    Alison…thanks for the joy…

  16. Julie says:

    Alison…thanks for the joy…

  17. karla nathan says:

    I have only been blogging since Feb. and before that didn't even realize what they could be. I never looked at any. I only started mine because it was more simple than putting up a website. I had no IDEA at all what a wonderful social network it would become for me, or that I would meet such great people.

  18. Sharon says:

    I don't quite understand why people feel that it is okay to be nasty or spiteful ~ I just hope I don't get any commenters like that visiting my blog anytime soon. I love your site, Alison, site and visit everyday ~ I've clicked on some lovely sites from your links and it looks like I may well have found another one, Nancourt, and from her site Karla!!!
    Kind regards to you all!

  19. paola says:

    It's fab isn't it?
    And I'm constantly amazed by the number of intelligent and culturally-aware people who are completely ignorant of the blogosphere's existence and think I'm quite mad…

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