his ambatchmasterpublisher Peterme.com in April or May of 1999. This was quickly adopted as both a noun and verb ("to ambatchmasterpublisher," meaning "to edit one's weambatchmasterpublisher or to post to one's weambatchmasterpublisher").
After a slow start, ambatchmasterpublisherging rapidly gained in popularity: the site Xanga, launched in 1996, had only 100 diaries by 1997, but over 20 million as of December 2005. ambatchmasterpublisher usage spread during 1999 and the years following, being further popularized by the near-simultaneous arrival of the first hosted ambatchmasterpublisher tools:
* Open Diary launched in October 1998, soon growing to thousands of online diaries. Open Diary innovated the reader comment, becoming the first ambatchmasterpublisher community where readers could add comments to other writers' ambatchmasterpublisher entries.
* Brad Fitzpatrick, a well known ambatchmasterpublisherger started LiveJournal in March 1999.
* Andrew Smales created Pitas.com in July 1999 as an easier alternative to maintaining a "news page" on a website, followed by Diaryland in September 1999, focusing more on a personal diary community.
* Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan (Pyra Labs) launched ambatchmasterpublisherger.com in August 1999 (purchased by Google in February 2003)
ambatchmasterpublisherging combined the personal web page with tools to make linking to other pages easier — specifically permalinks, ambatchmasterpublisherrolls and TrackBacks. This, together with weambatchmasterpublisher search engines enabled ambatchmasterpublishergers to track the threads that connected them to others with similar interests.
Several broadly popular American ambatchmasterpublishers emerged in 2001: Andrew Sullivan's AndrewSullivan.com, Ron Gunzburger's Politics1.com, Taegan Goddard's Political Wire, Glenn Reynolds' Instapundit, Charles Johnson's Little Green Footballs, and Jerome Armstrong's MyDD — all ambatchmasterpublisherging primarily on politics (two earlier popular American political ambatchmasterpublishers were Bob Somerby's Daily Howler launched in 1998 and Mickey Kaus' Kausfiles launched in 1999).
By 2001, ambatchmasterpublisherging was enough of a phenomenon that how-to manuals began to appear, primarily focusing on technique. The importance of the ambatchmasterpublisherging community (and its relationship to larger society) increased rapidly. Established schools of journalism began researching ambatchmasterpublisherging and noting the differences between journalism and