This isn't search but if were not for the work of Sir Tim Berner-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, we wouldn't have web search to talk about in the first place. Now, Dr. Berners-Lee blogging on timbl's blog. His first post is titled, "So I have a blog" is available here.
Strangely enough, the web took off very much as a publishing medium, in which people edited offline. Bizarely, they were prepared to edit the funny angle brackets of HTML source, and didn't demand a what you see is what you get editor. WWW was soon full of lots of interesting stuff, but not a space for communal design, for discource through communal authorship.
Now in 2005, we have blogs and wikis, and the fact that they are so popular makes me feel I wasn't crazy to think people needed a creative space. In the mean time, I have had the luxury of having a web site which I have write access, and I've used tools like Amaya and Nvu which allow direct editing of web pages.
Two quick points:
First, I've been using NVU to edit and create web pages for most of 2005 and I love it. One of my favorite new client web tools of the year. It's free!
Second, long before blogs and wikis there were and still are such things as newsgroups, bulletin boards, etc. For the web historians out there, this newsgroup post from August 9, 1991 by Tim Berners-Lee is the first (or one of the first) widely distrubted public announcements about TBL's WWW project.
The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system.
The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone. It aims to allow information sharing within internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by support groups.