Blogging began, and you might like to write in and correct this, as early as 1994. The term weblog was coined in 1997 and truncated to blog in 1999. 

Even the most casual reader of Australian newspaper websites will have noticed the explosion of blogs as on-line editors embrace connectivity and bleed their staff writers white. The growth has been almost viral.

So today we decided to do a brief survey of the latest Fairfax bloggers and their most recent posts. Some have managed 50 words since last November. Others have not.

Stay tuned next week for a survey of News Limited blogs.

The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age

  • They say opposites attract. But when a gluttonous couch potato coincides with an uptight neat freak, does all hell break loose? — Samantha Brett, Sam and the City
  • I’ve been accused of it occasionally, so for this blog I’m just going to put it out there from the start: I don’t really know what I’m talking about. You see, as useful as it would be, I don’t have any experience travelling through the developing world as a single female. — Ben Groundwater, The Backpacker
  • So, I was unable to get a post written in time for today, distracted as I was by my first ever death threats sent by those paragons of tolerance … vegans. — Sam de Brito, All Men are Liars
  • Wired‘s Clive Thompson wrote a good piece this week about how many long-time gamers are now becoming parents and having to judge what is appropriate for their own kids (rather than simply staunchly refuting any criticism of their hobby). — Jason Hill, Screen Play
  • Edie is an affectionate little angel, as I imagine most 19-month-olds are. And that affection is one of the loveliest parts of parenthood: having your toddler throw herself against your legs and clamour to be picked up (“Up! Up! Up! Up!”), simply because for her the safest place in the world is close to you. — Sacha Molitorisz Who’s Your Daddy
  • …I strongly recommend that readers who aren’t particularly enthused by the news of the day (Anna Nicole’s sprog, Andrew Johns’ retirement, Richard Wilkins’ 20-year anniversary, etc) pass the time by doing what I do when the day is a duck: find a partner whose company you enjoy, stock up on alcohol and other playful consumables, shut all doors and windows, crank up the cornball, big band oldies and engage in the brutal combat that is scissors/paper/rock, the advanced version. — The Daily Truth with Jack Marx
  • Living on your own must be bliss. After all, it’s hard to have a decor war with yourself. Decor wars are a regular affliction in many households, particularly mine. — Alex May, Renovation Nation
  • Did feminism bypass the music business, or was it the other way around? — Clem Bastow, Noise Pollution
  • Why small businesses have the edge in innovation. When I caught up with a friend over a bite to eat recently, she ordered a “lettuce burger”. When it appeared at the table it was just like a regular burger, except instead of a bread roll, the meat was wrapped in … lettuce. Riding on the latest low-carb craze – think Bondi Blonde low-carb beer – this eatery had come up with a clever innovation to capture the palates of carbo-phobics. — Valerie Khoo, Enterprise

  • I hate to burst the Easter bubble, but you know those fluffy yellow chicks we see images of at this time of the year? It turns out that around 13 million of them are killed annually in commercial hatcheries in one of two approved methods. — Paula Goody, Chew on This

  • Well that’s it for now. I’m off for a few days. Back on Monday April 16 with heaps more. — Leon Gettler, Management Line

The Sydney Morning Herald

  • The world’s media was positively beaming at the announcement today that EMI Music would begin offering its catalogue without copy protection through online stores such as Apple’s iTunes. — 3 April 2007, Asher Moses, Mashup
  • As Barry Hall winced in pain on the MCG turf, the Swans’ 2007 premiership campaign suddenly looked shaky. — 9 April, Jano Gibson, SLOG The Swans blog
  • Brett Kimmorley’s bid for a State of Origin comeback following the retirement of Andrew Johns has been met with great enthusiasm from Blues coach Graham Murray, who thought the Cronulla halfback’s game against St George Illawarra on Monday night was sensational. — Greg Pichard and Brad Walter, Sin Bin
  • AFC Champions League, Match Day 3. Sydney FC travel to Indonesia to play Group E’s supposedly “easy” team, who defeated Shanghai on match day 2. — 10 April, Ben Willing, Flog — The Football Blog
  • Pigeon v Wasim – who’s the best? Glenn McGrath became the most successful bowler in the history of the World Cup on Saturday as he routed the Bangladeshi top order in Australia’s rain-affected Super Eights victory in Antigua. — The Tonk
  • When one thinks of Aussie stars in the World Cup, names such as Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist spring to mind. But how about Jeremy Bray? — Stephen Samuelson, Dig Deep
  • There’s nothing better than taking money off your friends in cards, and there’s also nothing worse. Which makes the question of betting an interesting one. A game between friends is basically a vehicle for having fun and chewing the fat. That is, unless one or more players has differing budgets and appetites for wagering. Then it can get tricky … — 12 February, Michael Visontay, The Poker Game
  • My last election video clip is up here. Promise that’s it from me on this election! — 28 March, Dom Night, NSW ’07 Election Blog
  • Are we really beyond a White Australia yet? — 9 March, Australia’s Migrant Heritage
  • Counterculture idol Kurt Vonnegut has died at his home in Manhattan, aged 84. His books are renown for their dark humour and metaphysical qualities. — News blog
  • Is it fair to expect China to cut carbon emissions, which per capita are a tiny fraction of Australia’s? — Mary-Anne Toy, Passport Blog
  • I have covered UN summits, elections, terrorism and revolutions. The reaction from people you meet is normally mild, polite interest. Sometimes it is complete indifference. But when I tell people I’m covering the Oscars, the reaction is different. “Really?” they say. “What are they like?” — 26 February, Mark Coultan, Passport Blog
  • Last Saturday (10/03/2007 – p25 in the hard-copy and here on the web) the Herald ran a piece titled “Acclaimed photo that does not tell full story“. It was about the World Press Photo of the year, by Spencer Platt, of Getty Images, which has become ‘controversial’ since it was announced. The problem, it seems, is that the image is not what everyone wants it to be … — Jon Reid, Talking Pictures
  • It’s Christmas party season, you might have noticed by the bloodshot eyes and hollow gazes around the office. In the US this means it’s law suit season. In a nation where anyone can sue anybody for pretty well anything, getting a hundred people liqueured-up together is just asking for trouble. — 13 December 2006, Nick O’Malley, The Anvil
  • This blog will go into recess for the next fortnight while Rocco is on leave. Rocco Bloggo
  • While poking around at the Royal Easter Show Charles Purcell took it upon himself to analyse the contents of it’s show bags. The experience wasn’t entirely disappointing. The Radar blog is being upgraded. During this process, we are redirecting you here to comment. Apologies for any inconvenience – should be back up very soon. — Dominic Knight, Radar
  • At any time of day at least 1200 inmates of NSW jails are floating through their sentences in a drug-induced haze. We know this because every time the Department of Corrective Services tests them, one in seven comes up positive. — Matthew Moore, FOI
  • At 7.30pm on March 31, if all goes according to plan, Sydneysiders will switch off their lights for an hour. The event, called Earth Hour, kicks of a year of campaigns that aims to reduce Sydney’s greenhouse gas emission by 5 per cent over 2007. — 21 March, Nick Galvin, Down to Earth
  • Dogs wag their tails in different directions depending on whether they are excited and wanting to advance or threatened and thinking of retreat, a major canine study has found. — Daniel Dasey, Discovery
  • After Collette Dinnigan’s triumphant return to the Parisian runways there was nothing else to do really, to cap off the season, than head for two French blockbusters: Louis Vuitton and Lanvin. — 8 March, Patty Huntington, Fashion Season
  • It seems only yesterday that Borders’ 1200 bookstores were eating the world’s retail book business. But new US management has announced dramatic changes to “reinvent” the company and counter disappointing results. — 6 April, Susan Wyndham, Undercover
  • It’s rare to see a film-maker and his stars being asked something as provocative during a public Q and A session as “Where are all the women in the film? Are you guys gay?”But that wasn’t the most provocative question after a packed screening of the new Australian documentary Bra Boys at the Randwick Ritz last week. — 22 March, Garry Maddox, Box Office
  • In The Singer, Gerard Depardieu shows off his unheralded vocal skills while playing the lead role as a middle-aged club entertainer. Which is your favourite Depardieu movie and why? — Daniel Fallon, Club Metro
  • Road deaths are tragic and we should never take them lightly. But in the wake of another “horror” Easter break, it’s worth analysing some of the hype from sections of the media – and reactions from authorities. — Joshua Dowling, Drive
  • Do you have a food intolerance or allergy? We’d like to hear about your good and bad experiences when eating out and how far restaurants have gone, or not, to accommodate you. — 6 February, Kate Duthie, Good Living

The Age

  • My second night of the festival was excellent. Although I was too tired to make it to Festival Club, prior to jumping on a tram home I managed to see three excellent stand-ups each with their own style. First up was Ed Byrne… — Craig Platt, Last Laugh
  • With conditions much more clement it’s time to see what has survived, and maybe thrived, what wilted but bounced back and what gave up the ghost at the mere whiff of a hot wind. – Denise Gadd, Pottering By
  • Well we all know sister Dannii has had more than some work done on her beautiful bod, but has Kylie joined the cosmetic surgery club? – Michelle Johnson, Trash Talk
  • So maybe you can get a bad seed after all. Every parent believes in nurture over nature… until they have another child. — Michelle Griffin, The Mother Lode
  • Fertility is a delicate thing and hot tubs, snack foods and excess weight may reduce your chances of conception. — Terry Robson, The Tonic

  • So the will-he-won’t-he saga of Kristian Sarkies has finally ended, with the talented 20-year-old finally opting to join Adelaide United. — Andy Webster, Balls Up

  • Just when you thought the sad but absurdly over-hyped saga of Kathy Sierra’s death threats had finally drawn to a halt, it hasn’t. — James Farmer, Citizen

  • Some say it’s the most important day on the footy calendar. For others it’s a yawn not worthy of live TV or radio coverage. Then there’s the footyheads – myself included – who soak up all the discussion, speculation and analysis about the stars of tomorrow. What am I talking about? AFL national draft day of course. — Scott Spits, Footy Talk

  • Does fashion matter? It’s fair to assume fashion is about the surface of things. It’s about the way we look: frocks and shoes and shirts and trousers. The most trivial of trivial stuff. Not surprisingly, I cop a lot of scorn for specialising in it. “Not real journalism – is it, fashion? Just superficial rubbish, i’nit?” — 22 November 2006 — Janice Breen Burns, Frock Jock

  • Alan Kohler’s paragraph this morning about pollies in Canberra pawing over a transcript of an SBS Dateline report on Sol Trujillo and USWest is depressing — 27 September 2006, Garry Barker, Barker’s Byte