I don't think I became aware of personal weblogs (blogs) until sometime in March of 2005. I had heard of their existence before that time, but had lumped them into the same category as chat rooms and pointless discussion forums: places people who had no lives or social skills went to make themselves feel self-important.
Anytime I would read something about the power of the blogs, or the rise in their influence, I would just dismiss it as so much self-promotion by people who either ran blog-sites or were computer geeks. It was almost by accident that I discovered I had very nearly dismissed out of hand the exact facility I had been in search of for months.
I had been visiting Ashok Banker's web site after reading the first three books of his retelling of The Ramayana when I discovered he had a blog. Curious, I decided to investigate and discovered the amazing potentials they offered.
Ashok had published everything from short story excerpts to reviews and interviews at his site. It was like having your own personal newspaper column where you could publish any article on any subject that you wished. My own snobbery had blinded me to the fact that a medium was only as limited a you allowed it to be; a blog could be anything you wanted, not just "Dear Diary" entries.
At that time I had written a few short op-ed pieces and had been trying to sell them through an online self-publishing house, with little or no luck (I had sold four copies of a review of a book by Viggo Mortensen, based more on his popularity than the quality of the review). The opportunity to actually have a facility that allowed me direct access to the whole web was just too wonderful to pass up.
Of course this was followed by a crash course in trying to figure out how to actually get people to read what I was writing. After a couple of months of trying a variety of things which resulted in very little real readership, (someone opening a page and closing it a tenth of a second latter doesn't count as a reader), I found Blogcritics.org.