First of all, we still have many misconceptions about blogging floating around the web. Pretty much every week I get at least one email from someone asking if I believe blogging has a future. My answer is always “as long as the Internet has a future, blogs do too.”

Do you remember the first time you heard the word “blog”? What was your original thought? How did you respond?

Well, as familiar as you might be to what a “blog” is, some people hear it for the first time every single day and have no idea what it is. They are having that first encounter like you did right now!

Neat, right?  So, let’s start from the very beginning and answer that very basic question: What is a “blog”?


Simple Definitions:

Here are a few very simple definitions that can get you started.

  • A blog originally came from the word “weblog” or a “web log”.
  • You can think of it as an online journal or diary, although blogs are used for much more now, like online journalism.
  • A blogger is someone who blogs or writes content for a blog.
  • Blogging is the act of writing a post for a blog.

Advanced Definitions:

If you’d like to complete your education of what a blog is then you can read some of the following “advanced” definitions:

  • A blog is a collection of content that is organized repetitively. This content can take the form of basic words as well as rich media.
  • A blog can be built by manually through the post, uploading to a website via FTP, and then publishing.
  • A blog can also be managed by software, sometimes called a CMS (Content Management System), where a lot of the features are automatically created and populated.
  • A blog typically can be read in a number of different formats including the homepage, single post page, categories, tags, and also via RSS feeds etc.
  • Readers and visitors can subscribe to the blog so that they can consume the content in a variety of different means, tools, devices, and applications.
  • A blog today could take the form of microblogging, vblogging (video blogging), and more which can focus on a particular type of content or technology.

Still have any question? Let us know in comments below.

in B

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