Along Came The Printing Press

I hate starting a sentence with a number. It is somehow too theoretical and even boring. But when it comes to blogging, it can never be boring, right?

As surprising as it is, blogging also has a history. Once upon a time one man did something very important, which nowadays we do not really appreciate. In case you are still wondering, I am talking about that German guy Johannes Gutenberg, who tried his best and in 1450 invented the printing press. So what, one might say.

Dear one,

563 years is a lot. And actually he did us a BIG favor. Why? Because he was the first to realize how important it was to print books, instead of writing copies with your own hands. He practically introduced the book to the majority of people. 563 later we have the magic of printing.

So far, so good. But what the hell does this have to do with publishing? Well, by inventing that awesome machine – the printing press – Gutenberg gave us the opportunity to publish limitlessly, without having to worry about how are we going to multiply our texts, books, newspapers, magazines and etc.

Now that we have the Internet, we do not really need a printing press. We can write, publish and multiply the text through the cyber space limitlessly. And then came the blogging. So much for the cool invention…

But if you reeeeally think about it, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to publish texts and blog, if it wasn’t for Gutenberg and his press. So, he did his job very well! We may no longer need to buy neswpapers on paper, because we can read them online, but we wouldn’t have had online newspapers, if we didn’t have paper newspapers. This is the natural flow of history. And it will always be that way.

All I am actually trying to say is that it all began in 1450, when Gutenberg invented the printing machine. So we should appreciate it a little bit more, because without it, we wouldn’t have had publishing, nor blogging.


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