Mena Trott: Meet the founder of the blog revolution #TED : http://on.ted.com/j0jjm

The founding mother of the blog revolution, Movable Type’s Mena Trott, talks about the early days of blogging, when she realized that giving regular people the power to share our lives online is the key to building a friendlier, more connected world – TED

… I am a blogger — that is an amazing thing for me, because it captures a moment in time everyday. I take a picture of myself — I’ve been doing this since last year — every single day.And, you know, it’s the same picture; it’s basically the same person. Only a couple of people read it. I don’t write this for this audience; I’m showing it now, but I would go insane if this was really public. About four people probably read it, and they tell me, you know, “You haven’t updated” — I’m probably going to get people telling me I haven’t updated —but this is something that’s amazing, because I can go back to a day — I can go back to April 2005, and say, what was I doing this day? I look at it, I know exactly. It’s this visual cue that is so important to what we do …

… I’m a blogger, which, probably to a lot of you, means different things. You may have heard about the Kryptonite lock brouhaha, where a blogger talked about how you hack, or break into, a Kryptonite lock using a ballpoint pen, and it spread all over. Kryptonite had to adjust the lock, and they had to address it to avoid too many customer concerns. You may have heard about Rathergate, which was basically the result of bloggers realizing that the “th” in 111 is not typesetted on an old typewriter; it’s on Word.Bloggers exposed this, or they worked hard to expose this. You know, blogs are scary. This is what you see. I see this, and I’m sure scared — and I swear on stage — shitless about blogs, because this is not something that’s friendly. But there are blogs that are changing the way we read news and consume media, and, you know, these are great examples. These people are reaching thousands, if not millions, of readers, and that’s incredibly important. During the hurricane, you had MSNBC posting about the hurricane on their blog, updating it frequently. This was possible because of the easy nature of blogging tools….

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