Rebecca Blood, by the way, is one of the most cited authorities on blogging and featured in the New York Times, the BBC, Newsweek, and Time.
In early 1999, Jesse James Garrett, editor of Infosift, counted a grand total of 23 weblogs in the world.
That same year, web journalist and designer Peter Merholz decided to call them ‘wee-blogs’, which were later shortened to ‘blogs’.
By the end of 1999, Blogger, Groksoup, and Edit This Page, among others, were released.
And so web fever had begun.
By December 1999, the ‘bandwagon-jumping turned into an explosion'.
Today there are thousands and thousands of blogs, with hundreds started every day.
Ladies and gentlemen, in case you've been away from planet earth during the past eight years, let me announce to you: we have entered the era of 'the tsunami of weblogs'.