Blog, as a word and concept, was coined by Howard Winant in 1997. Winant was a computer scientist and professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
He named the website he created Blogger after the word “blog,” which is a short form of the word “weblog,” or “web log.” The term “blog” has since come to be used to describe any website or online journal that allows readers to write comments on articles or post their own thoughts.
Despite its humble origins, Blogger has become one of the most popular websites on the internet. In 2006, it was purchased by Google for $750 million.
As of 2016, Blogger has over 200 million users and is used by millions of people around the world.