What the H-E-double hockey sticks is a blog? Here's an excerpt from a 2002 article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times about the blogging phenomenon.
"Recently, there have been unmistakable signs that blogs are seeping into the popular consciousness. In July, for instance, New York Times language watcher William Safire wrote a column on the use of the word "blog, " noting that the term came into vogue three years ago. "Blog" also is under consideration as a new entry in no less an authority than the Oxford English Dictionary.
And consider: This fall, UC Berkeley is offering a class on Web logs for the first time–through its highly regarded Graduate School of Journalism. Since spring 2000, journalism students at USC's Annenberg School for Communication have produced a Web log. This semester, at Cal State Stanislaus, an assistant communications professor is teaching an undergraduate class on the history of journalism that will cover "blogs as a new journalistic form."