The beginning of the Blog——Blog and Bu Lao Ge

The Chinese translation of blog is “BOKE”. While in English the beginning of the word blog is weblog, which means web logs.


It is hard to find out when is it exactly about the beginning of the blog. Some people hold the opinion that the earliest blog form is Justin Hall’s “online diary”, in which he posted many drug pictures and other indecent photos in 1994[1]. On the other hand, it is said that Jesse James Garrett published his travel diary on CamWorld in 1998, which triggered the fuse of lager using of the blog community. While for most people, the real beginning of the blog is Pyra, which now is the, a small software company. Three funders of this company developed a “groupware” product in order to keep communication and collaborate with each other. And the form that they worked this product was as a blog. Later they thought this product might be useful to others and they published it online as free blogger software in 1999. [2]


It will be September 11 in about one month. In the history of blogs, the 911, 11 September, 2001, was an iconic moment. It’s been twelve years. Because of this attract, people knew the fragility of the life and the importance of the communication. What is more, people had a new view on the importance of the transmitting information immediately. In addition, another blog category came up, War Blog, which has been used frequently until now. It can be said that the most realistic vivid description of the 911 attacks were not written on the New York Times. They were in those survivors’ blog. And the most profound reflection of these attacks came not from the well-known reporters, but in many blogs. The truth is tens of thousands of blogs have become popular by 2000. Due to the 911 attacks, blogs have begun to attract much attention from the main media and it can be felt that the rise of blog has great impact on the traditional media.


If the blog is not in the form of diary on the internet, it is generally believed that the blog originated in China. In 218BC Qin Dynasty, Liang Zhang dispatched a knight (the pronunciation of the knight in Chinese is Xia Ke) to assassinate the king of Qin. The place of the assassination was in Bo Lang sha. Finally, the result of the assassination failed. However, the incident had shocked everyone in Qin. Numerous bamboo slips were spread on different places around the country. People called it “the knight of the Bo Lang Sha”, called for short: “BOKE”, which is from the place “Bo Lang Sha” and the Chinese pronunciation of knight “Xia Ke”. The meaning of BOKE is an event that happened suddenly. Later the range of its meaning extended to something worth watching, which is almost the same as the English meaning blog is.


Another famous beginning of the blog in China also happened in Qin Dynasty. The king of Qin, Ying Zheng, pursued the way to keep young. He sent his soldiers to find ParadiseMountains and to build a building beside by the sea, named “no old court” (Chinese pronunciation: Bu Lao Ge, which is the blog transliteration). Whenever Ying Zheng saw the boats on the sea from the building Bu Lao Ge, he would write some feelings to dispatch his melancholy mood. After he passed away, the building has been politicized and people said this building is a place to express feelings, just like the meaning of blogs now.


The beginning of the blog is not ambiguous but it is difficult to define as one thing. While things about the origin of the blog in China are very interesting, these stories have a relationship with the Chinese pronunciation of blog and events that happened long time ago.


[1]: Cheever. J, the History of Blogging, [online] Available at


[2]: Mashable, topics, [online] Available at


[3]: Boyong M, 2008, North Newspaper, [online] Available at


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