The first ever video blog or vlog was produced by Adam Kontras on January 2, 2000. He created the videos to keep his friends and family informed about his cross-country move from Columbus, Ohio to Los Angeles, California as he searched for a job in show business. His vlog, called Journey, would go on to become the longest-running video blog in history.
Here’s the video that accompanied his first written blog post:
In November of the same year, Adrian Miles, a researcher in the University of Bergen in Norway, uploaded his own post on a video blog or a “vog” as he preferred to call it. He also created a manifesto that detailed his ideas about video blogging. He was particular to mention, “A vog is not streaming video. This is not the reinvention of television.”
Over the years, as more people gained access to high speed internet and web camera facilities, video blogs gained more attention. In 2004, Steve Garfield, a Boston radio producer, created his own video blog and declared it to be the “year of the vlog”. Radio and television stations began using video blogs as a new way to interact with their listeners and viewers. Forbes magazine picked up on the trend by 2005, and its coverage sparked further media interest.
A short video that was part of Steve Garfield’s vlog: