The Lycos Network Find it  - Talk about it  - Shop for it   

   updated 4:35 p.m. 24.Feb.2000 PST

Top Stories
Top Headlines
Get Quote:
Today's Summary
Wired Index | All Indexes

Powered by


Wired Magazine
Issue 8.03
Subscribe to Wired.
Special offer!
Webmonkey Guides
RGB Gallery
Animation Express

Wired News staff

Contact us

Wired News delivered
to handheld devices
by AvantGo,
Outlook Express,
In-Box Direct,
or PointCast

The Web the Way It Was page 2
3:00 a.m. 23.Feb.2000 PST

It's not just the ranks of weblog publishers that are growing. Readership also appears to be up.

While declining to provide precise numbers, Jorn Barger, who publishes Robot Wisdom, one of the oldest and most popular weblogs, and who coined the term weblog, said his daily traffic has grown to tens of thousands from the mere hundreds when he started in 1998.

In fact, Barger claims he creates his own mini-Slashdot effect these days, boosting the traffic to sites and pages he lists on his page.

"It's very gratifying," he said. "I didn't think I had that kind of clout."

Though one of the earliest publishing practices on the Net (weblogs can be traced back to the earliest days of the Web and are successors to the once ubiquitous "what's new" page), it is still relatively unknown to many Net users.

Most weblogs are maintained by individuals, and the sites reflect their creators' interests. Though they generally follow the same format, with fresh links at the top of the page, weblogs come in many varieties.

Some, like Slashdot and The Drudge Report, are well-known, focusing on news stories of general interest. Others, like, are devoted to more specialist topics.

The best are eclectic mixes of resources, assembling news stories with new sites, essays, and opinion. As pointers to new and original material on the Net, they are unmatched.

For example, Memepool recently provided links to sites for creating your own Old Testament adventure, bubblewrap lingerie, and entomophagy.

At the same time, Yahoo's What's New linked to Philip Morris, Quaker Oatmeal, and Clover Stornetta Farms.

Barger says in these days of commerce-driven portals, weblogs are by far the best way to explore the Net. So efficient is the weblog circuit, Barger estimates that anything new on the Web will filter through the system within a month.

"When I started two years ago, the Web had this huge quantity of resources that were very hard to find unless you knew where to look," he said. "Back then I had a distinct sense that I was in a big dark room and I wanted the light turned on. Now there are just a few dark corners."

<<  Back  2 of 2

Have a comment on this article? Send it
Email this to a friend.
Fax this from your computer for free

Printing? Use this version.
Email this to a friend.
Fax this from your computer for free.

Corner Store

- - - - - - - -
at Secure Your Internet Identity Now!
More Info.

- - - - - - - -
Buy Games
Resident Evil 3 $44.95
- - - - - - - -
Editorial policy

Today's Headlines
Dawn of Wireless World

You Gotta Feel the Music

Clicking for Cookies

404s Are Sexy

The Web the Way It Was

Who Wants To Enable ActiveX?

The 100,000-Mile-High Club

Resurrecting a Dying Art

Hear These Headlines

A Library In Every Dorm Room

Futuristic Artist Looks Back

DVD Saved the Analog Star

Opera's Siren Song in the Desert

Museum Offers Webby Art Award

Feedback  |  Help  |  About Us  |  Jobs
Editorial Policy  |  Advertise  |  Privacy Statement

Copyright © 2000 Wired Digital Inc., a Lycos Network site. All rights reserved.