Blogosphere is a loosely defined term which is used to describe
the community of blogs which has sprang up upon the World
Wide Web. Blogging - as of 2011 - is a relatively new online
development; Wordpress - an open source blogging suite - was
initially released in 2003, but to begin with, it was only
comprised of 2,000 blogs; it took a few years before blogging
The term Blogosphere is attributed to Brad L. Graham: one
of the pioneers of blogging, Brad's blog "The BradLands",
dates back to 1998. Blogosphere can be broken down into two
segments "Blog" and "Sphere", the word
sphere is Greek in origin and refers to a globe, which in
turn can be interpreted as a world.
Therefore, a Blogopshere - a Blog and Sphere - can be thought
of as a world of opinion or discussion. Following on from
that evaluation of the term, TV news channels often use the
term - Blogosphere - when they attempt to describe the online
reaction to a raft of topics - from sport to political developments.
At a rough estimate, Blogs became viral - widely known, created
- by 2004, and by 2010 had probably reached their saturation
point. The general consensus is that there are 200 million
blogs in 2012, with between 1-2 million new pages created
each day. While many blogs are just an online hobby, plenty
are commercial, with revenue generated through advertisements.