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November 22, 2014: The Daily Illuminator: 20 Years Of Beta

So: The blog you're reading has been running for 20 years. Really. In fact, the Daily Illuminator is far older than the word "blog," or even the descriptive term "weblog" that the net quickly truncated to one syllable. As far as we can tell, the Illuminator is the oldest regularly updated blog on the net. You can read back for Derek Pearcy's account of how it came to be, and, modulo trivial details, that's what I recall, too. Not to put too fine a point on it: Derek invented the blog! He might not have been the first one ever to have the idea, but his was an independent invention, and what he wanted to do was pretty much the feature set that blogs have today. (Except for the comment part, but we'll get to that.)

And he had a dozen other things on his plate, and I thought it was a really great idea and wanted to start doing it right now, because having spent so long doing newspapers, . . . [more]

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