peyton As far as I can tell, blather as we know it was launched August 19, 1998. The first word ever blathed upon was "desirable," by Dallas. Apparently, there wasn't much fanfare, as none of the earliest blathes indicate that there was any announcements or anticipation of any sort. The blather pioneers apparently just stumbled upon it, as most of us did, and blather had many many days of inactivity in the latter parts of '98. It didn't.. um.. mutate or grow or blossom or whatever you want to call it until late 2000-early 2001.

I say that blather was launched then because I could find no blathes earlier than 1998, and August 19 is the first day in 1998 that there is a recorded blathe. Trust me, I've checked every date day by day in 1998.

Blather history, going day by day, is indecipherable in the regard of what the actual first blather day was. The histories go back all the way to 1914, but as you have probably guessed, those pages are empty.

On August 19, 1998, I was 17 and a junior in high school. I had a Buick and I worked in a supermarket.

On August 19, 1998:

The first Java virus was released into existence.

The U.S. was entralled by the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal.

Someone lost their virginity.

David James Bruce, M.A., Ph.D., Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, formerly University Lecturer in the Department of Education, died on Wednesday, 19 August 1998, at age 69.

Someone read a really good book and told a friend about it.

Someone's heart was broken.

Someone's heart was healed.

Someone ate so much ice cream they got sick.

Someone took so many drugs they never woke up.

If anyone finds a blather earlier than the 19th of August, 1998, do let me know. :)
peyton Correction: The first word blathed upon was 'time', not 'desirable.'

I read the thing backwards. :)
DannyH Whilst it is true that the first online version of blather was launched in the late twentieth century, blather has been around in hard copy form for a lot longer than that.

Blather has existed in one form or another since before historical records began. The first fully functional blathereum was built in 1724 by Lord Tewkesbury and would represent the closest thing in early history to blather as it is enjoyed today. A huge auditorium, previously a theatre, was converted to accomodate an underground chamber in which a team of up to a hundred scribes were employed, working in conditions of unbelievable hardship. Members of the aristocracy would take their seats in the theatre and request a blathe from their own personal runner. He would disappear downstairs and return with a hastily copied transcript of the latest edition of their requested entry. The blateroon, as they were then called, would then either scribble an entry on the bottom of the page to be returned and copied to the master entry or select an underlined word and request that.
The process of hypertexting was extremely laborious and required incredible amounts of time scouring through every entry whenever a new blathe was formed.
On the stage of the blathereum a vast chalk board recorded each of the entries recorded for that, and the previous day. at the end of each day, the yesterday list was copied into a huge ledger which any blateroon could access whenever they wished. Another ledger was kept for each member of the honourable society of blateroons (membership of the club being a prerequisite of entry) which kept a log of all their entries.
In the ten years between its inception and the day it collapsed under its own weight in 1734 there were six-thousand four hundred and twenty-two entries recorded, fourteen murders, twenty-eight deaths by blatherduel, several million spelling mistakes and four hundred cases of someone leaving in a huff only to return two months later. It was known as the golden age of blather and although later blathereums were larger and more technologically advanced, finally being made obselete by the internet, Lord Tewkesbury's blathereum is remembered as the true birthplace of modern blather.
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Death of a Rose yes, dannyh, that was well done.

nice history lesson.
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DannyH You can visit it in the blatheworld. See if you can find it from dh0001 031101
justsomegrrl i discovered blather in 98 as i was looking for a long lost poet friend named Dallas. The web was a different place then, and i stumbled in here and stayed for awhile. Now i visit once or twice a year, in remeberance for friends and lovers not forgotten. Even though some have passed ,thier words remained enshrined here forever. 040630
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unhinged she googled the word infinite or infinity and found this place. she told us, brought us here. i am the only one that still comes as far as i know.

i have no idea what happened to them. mollycule and lover's lament. probably got sucked into the cesspool that is youngstown.
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