Weblog modern equivalent of a Wunderkammer
The term “Weblog” was first used by Jorn Barger in December 1997. Then interpretative as the short verb for web-loggen, which means editing of someone’s Weblog. During 1999 it was further popularized through adoption of the term by large public used Weblog host-software (Link to source).
The definition of a Weblog, so called blog, is a website that is frequently, sometimes several times a day – updated and where published information is sorted in chronological order (date). Who visits a Weblog, finds on the front-page the most recent contribution. The author offers a log of information that he or she likes to share with his audience, the visitors of the Weblog. Weblogs offer their readers often the possibility to – sometimes anonymous place reactions under the written articles (http://nl.wikipedia.org).
Weblogs are mostly specialized on a certain subject or several subjects, written from an individual viewpoint. Some Weblogs are written by a group of writers, but those writers often do write in the same style or similar opinion. . Many Weblogs attract over time a loyal audience, ranging from several ten folds to thousands of visitors a day. These visitors and sometimes active commentators regularly view the Weblog for news. Webloggers read themselves worldwide spread Weblogs within their circle of interest , accelerating the speed of news within this medium. Also in the media is Weblogging taking a growing amount of space: Dutch national known comedians and critic writers like Wim de Bie the murdered criticaster Theo van Gogh, but also politicians have their own weblog like the Dutch minister of Justice Donner. Media and politicians also follow highly visited Weblogs, where content regularly reaches the media (Elsevier, 7 mei 2005: pp. 26- 31). (also used: internetbron)
Most Webloggers use free online services to keep up their blog. These services allow users with no technical expertise able to place their article online through a simple web-interface. Weblogs often have lists to other Weblogs and websites of the personal interest of the website owner (link to one of the sources used). When these links are referring to Weblogs of persons within their blogossphere, we speak of a Blogroll. The Netherlands probably has around the most Weblogs per head. MSN for example has 12% of its worldwide 4.5 million hosted Weblogs in the Netherlands (source).
The last few years a new encyclopedic system has developed, the Wiki. Wiki means fast in Hawaian. “A wiki is an website, often connected to a Weblog, where visitors themselves can quickly add or change information. “Wiki’s are being used for example to virtual work together and share knowledge. A group of people shares for example knowledge around a certain topic in the form of a Wiki” ((What is a Wiki?) ) . Many popular Weblogs have started setting up their own Wiki. In this way they try to display their weblog’s history. In addition is the wiki used to explain used terms and expressions of the Weblogs to readers. This makes it for newcomers easy to access the virtual community or Blogossphere, or understand certain discussions. The latest two terms will be further explained in the next section.