The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Bill Gates could join the ranks of bloggers "Bill's blog won't be all business, either. He's expected to share personal details such as tidbits from recent vacations, according to tech pundit Mary Jo Foley's Microsoft Watch newsletter. Citing unnamed sources, she reported yesterday that Gates is about to start blogging "real soon now."
Blogs were first produced by techies in the late 1990s using special software that makes it easy to produce and update the personal Web pages.
Now 44 percent of U.S. Internet users contributed content to the Web, and 2 percent maintain their own blogs, according to a February study by the Pew Internet & American Life research project. With about 128 million adult Internet users in the country, that would mean there are more than 2.5 million blogs.
The challenge, especially for busy executives, is keeping blogs up to date.
Eric Rudder, a senior vice president at Microsoft, started a blog in May 2003 but let it lapse for months at a time. Co-workers jokingly suggested they would use his name as a verb, meaning letting one's blog go dormant."
The article also notes, despite its somewhat nasty initial tone ("Bill Gates has a reputation for coming late to the party, then making a big splash when he arrives"), that Bill Gates already publishes many of his speeches and articles.