About The Blog Herald
The Blog Herald is a premier source of news, information, tips, and commentary on blogs, the blogging industry and bloggers worldwide. It has often been cited by both the mainstream media and bloggers as a reliable source of facts, figures, opinion and trends about blogging.
Founded by Duncan Riley in March 2003 as a premium source of blog and blogging related news for bloggers, the Blog Herald was the first blog dedicated exclusively to the news of the blogosphere and remains the longest (and largest) standing resource of its kind.
The site posted its first proper content in April 2003 on a design inspired by the then homepage of the Movable Type blogware. Early posts were dominated by references to external sources, mainly from the mainstream media, as blogging started to emerge as a topic of conversation.
Version two was launched later that year and took on a new three column standard blog layout and started to develop more commentary and included for the first time new contributors.
Version three was launched in March 2004 in what saw a period of “The Blog Herald” portal which moved away from a standard “blog” look to embrace the look of a blogging portal, fresh with separate events features and separate topic headings. Editorial developed during this period and started to become a core feature of the site, as did further self help tips and other advice for bloggers.
Version four was launched in October 2004 and saw a return to a more traditional blog layout and the adoption of WordPress as the blogware of choice.
Version five was launched in June 2006 and saw The Blog Herald rebranded with more of a newspaper look and feel. The design was completed by Chris Pearson.
Version six was launched in May 2007 with a new design by Brian Gardner. Along with the redesign came a re-conceptualization of the Blog Herald to focus more on the different facets of blogging. The new grid layout also highlighted columns and opinion pieces, while providing a regular stream of news and other updates.
Version seven was launched in August 2008 by Thord Daniel Hedengren in an attempt to bring featured content and news more to the forefront and make the site easier to navigate, as well as having a cutting-edge design, of course!
Version eight was launched in June, 2009 as a variation of the previous version, also designed by Thord Daniel Hedengren. This design widened the main content area and created a single sidebar layout. The featured series and guides were now graphically shown off in the header.
Acquisition & Development
In February 2006, the Blog Herald was acquired from Duncan Riley by Problogging, Inc., after which it was sold to Splashpress Media in the same year.
In March 2007, the Blog Herald launched its Japanese version, which is humanly translated into the Japanese language. Later in 2007, a Chinese version was also launched.
In April, 2007, the Blog Herald published its own book- “Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging”, written by Lorelle VanFossen, a prolific contributor to the Blog Herald.
In August, 2009, the Blog Herald created new additions to its portfolio, including an affiliate section, a blog conference guide, a review section and a bloggers book shop.
And of course we will always be striving to add more features to the Blog Herald to enrich the experience of you, our readers!
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