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What is a blog?

What is a blog?

Posted on March 4, 2006 at 01:39 PM

So what is a Blog anyway?


It’s a good question to ask!


There are a number of ways I could answer this question ranging from the broad to the highly technical.

Here are a few definitions from other much wiser people to get us started:

A weblog is a hierarchy of text, images, media objects and data, arranged chronologically, that can be viewed in an HTML browser.’ Source

‘A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links.’ Source

From “Web log.” A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.”‘ Source

‘A weblog is kind of a continual tour, with a human guide who you get to know. There are many guides to choose from, each develops an audience, and there’s also comraderie and politics between the people who run weblogs, they point to each other, in all kinds of structures, graphs, loops, etc.’ Source

‘A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.” Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in cronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominantly.’ Source

‘A blog is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The term blog is a shortened form of weblog or web log. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called “blogging”. Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts,” “posts” or “entries”. A person who posts these entries is called a “blogger”. A blog comprises text, hypertext, images, and links (to other web pages and to video, audio and other files). Blogs use a conversational style of documentation. Often blogs focus on a particular “area of interest”, such as Washington, D.C.’s political goings-on. Some blogs discuss personal experiences.’ Source.

In short, I suppose a blog is what you make it. You can post hate mail you never sent, you can post hate mail you got and laugh about it with the world.

You can post endearing thoughts about your family, your country, or your spouse.

You can post about your toe fungus, your tooth that fell out last week, or about butterflies.

It's all blogging.


Add pictures, sounds, or flash animation. It's still a blog. It's even better, it's YOUR blog.


And as long as there's a blog out there you can bet there's also someone reading it. It's estimated that over 14 million people spend their time reading blogs for 1 hour every day.

14 million people!


Suffice it to say that if you have a thought, someone will be reading it within an hour of posting.



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