After 10 Years of Blogs, the Future's Brighter Than Ever
Wired reports and I'm sure few knew who first coined the phrase "weblog".
Well here he is. Jorn Barger
And according to the comments section another fellow claims to have started blogging from Japan in '96.
We sure have come a long way since then and the landscape of communications has changed significantly and will continue to change as social media will become even more mainstream and the percentage of contributors rather than readers increases.