After a slow start, blogging rapidly gained in popularity. Senator Strom Thurmond, praised Senator Thurmond by suggesting that the United States would have been better off had Thurmond been elected president.Blog usage spread during 1999 and the years following, being further popularized by the near-simultaneous arrival of the first hosted blog tools: On 6 December 2002, Josh Marshall's blog called attention to U. Senator Lott's comments regarding Senator Thurmond. Senator Lott was eventually to resign his Senate leadership position over the matter. Lott's critics saw these comments as a tacit approval of racial segregation, a policy advocated by Thurmond's 1948 presidential campaign.Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or "vlogs"), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts).In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources. Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.
However, blog owners or authors often moderate and filter online comments to remove hate speech or other offensive content.
Ultimately, this resulted in the distinct class of online publishing that produces blogs we recognize today.
For instance, the use of some sort of browser-based software is now a typical aspect of "blogging".
The modern blog evolved from the online diary, where people would keep a running account of the events in their personal lives.
Most such writers called themselves diarists, journalists, or journalers.