The History of Zines (via Critical Mass)
My favorite quote:
By the mid-1990s creative types began wondering why they should mess around with printing and its capital requirements when a free publishing model was available. Zinesters and their younger cohorts began toying with a new medium, the Internet. Content found previously in zines appeared online via the bulletin board and its successor technologies, listservs and newsgroups.
I guess that, typically, here in Maine we were a little behind. In the mid 1990's I had just barely heard of the internet and was typing away on a little BBS called TKO (The Kobayashi Alternative--and if you recognize that reference, you'll know exactly what demographic I was talking to), sending little texty roses @--8-- to other geeky strangers.
My friend/former-roommate/non-sexual-life-partner and I made a zine that had a run here in Portland for a couple of years, but that was the early oughts. And I didn't jump onto blogging until three years ago (good gawd! three years ago!).
Maybe it's just me that's a little behind.
EDIT: A little google research just discovered that TKA still exists! I fell out of my chair when I found it! I may have to arrange a reunion.