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What is BlogTree.com?

BlogTree.com is a web site that maintains a database of blog relationships and allows you to browse blogs' pedigree. You can register your blog(s) and note which blogs inspired them (their parents). You can then notify the parent blog's author, as well as authors of any blogs that you think your blog inspired, about BlogTree.com and encourage them to register their blogs and note their parent blogs. As more and more blog authors participate, unrelated families of blogs will find common ancestors or descendants.

What is a Blog?

According to Blogger.com, a blog is a web page made up of usually short, frequently updated posts that are arranged chronologically—like a "what's new" page or a journal.

What is Weblog Genealogy?

The conception of many, if not most, blogs on the web is due to some other, existing blog. A future blog author starts reading someone else's blog and it inspires him or her to begin their own blog. You can look at the original blog as the parent blog of the new blog. If the new blog inspires someone else to start another blog, then the original blog is the grand parent of the latest blog, and so on. Of course, some blogs are inspired by more than one blog, in which case they would have multiple parents. Weblog Genealogy maps these family relationships between blogs.

Does using BlogTree.com cost anything?

No, not at all. This service is provided for the greater good of the blogging community. If traffic becomes too overwhelming, we may need to reduce some services, but until then, feel free to use it as much as you want.

Why was BlogTree.com built?

Because the idea of blog propagation intrigues me. The direct inspiration came from a friend's posting on a blog that I set up for her. You can read my thoughts about it. I've been also looking for a worthwhile project to learn more mySQL and PHP on. Thus BlogTree.com was born.

Suggestions, Ideas, Comments?

If you have suggestions or ideas for this site, or you just want to let us know how much you love it, feel free to post a message in the BlogTree User Forums. You may also send email to comments@blogtree.com.