what the heck is a blog?

What the heck is a blogOkay, since this is a blog, let’s start here.

Now, you can read all about blogs on Wikipedia but GAWD! Have you ever tried to read Wikipedia! ZZZZzzzzzzzz

So here is really all you need to know.

The term “blog” is a short form for the original term “web log”. Essentially, it is a website where an individual or group of individuals record opinions, information, pictures, data etc. and add to/update on a regular basis.

From dictionary.com: a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.

The main difference between a blog and a website is that a blog is dynamic, meaning that it keeps moving (changing). New images, information, products, jokes . . . whatever . . . are added frequently keeping readers coming back to see “what’s new”.

Blogs have grown in popularity because they have made sharing thoughts and ideas easier than ever before. You can find blogs about everything from running, crafting, cooking . . . there are even blogs about blogging – lots of them. (how do you think I figured out how to do this blog thang!)

A blog is a constant source of new information. The information (in the form of posts dated to show when they were added) is laid out in reverse chronological order. The most recent “post” appears first followed by previous posts. Most blogs only show a small number of recent posts and store the rest in a kind of online file folder. These older posts are still there and can still be read. Look for an area in the sidebar that says something like “Archives”. Often, the blog will also have a “search” field where you can type in exactly what you’re looking for and find posts with that content.

The “blog” has evolved to become a plethora of digital communities, small and not so small. Business has even jumped on the blog bandwagon putting “blogs” in amongst their business website.

Take a moment sometime to search for blogs that may be out there on areas of specific interest to you – maybe gardening or movie trivia? (but keep coming back to this one to see “what’s new”).

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