What is a blog? – Beginner Blogger

I have been kicking around some ideas for a series here on the Headway Themes blog and it just kind of hit me.  Why not do a series for the beginner blogger?  I know what you are thinking too.  Blogging has been around for a while now.  Doesn’t everyone know what a blog is?

The quick answer is no.  And the answer is yes.  Many people are already blogging and many already know what a blog can do for them with respect to promoting and growing a business.  However, at the same time, we see new people come into blogging on an almost daily basis.  It would be unjust for us to think all of these new people know what they need to know about blogging.

Therefore, over the  next few weeks, I will be posting what some of you are going to feel is really basic stuff.  And you are right.  For those of us who have been blogging for a while, let’s not forget we were once right where all of these new bloggers are today.  We were looking for answers to our questions. That is what I hope this new series will accomplish.

So, lets get started

How could we start a series of posts answering questions from Beginner Bloggers and not answer the one burning question so many of us have had.

What is a blog?

What is a blog?

Before we dive into the other questions we will be tackling over the next few weeks, we have to figure out what a blog is in the first place.

Here are some definitions of what a blog is you will find around the web.

In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis.  New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new.  They they comment on it or link to it or email you.  Or not. [Where we found this.]

A blog is a web site consisting of entries (also called posts) appearing in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry appearing frist.  Blogs typically include features such as comments and links to increase user interactivity.  Blogs are created using specific publishing software. [Where this came from.]

“Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects. [Source]

A blog (a blend of the term “web log”)is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (Art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (Video blogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts. [Wikipedia]

When you look at blogs, they tend to have a few things in common:

  • A main content area where you write your content.  The content is listed chronologically, newest at the top.  Usually, the posts are organized into categories and sometimes “tags.”
  • Because you are posting to a blog on a regular basis, there will be an archive of the older  posts.  And this archive of older post can be accessed by your readers either from an archive link in the sidebar. Or by searching the blog with the blog’s search feature.
  • There should be a way for your readers to leave comments on each and every post.  A way for the conversation to take place between the readers and for the readers and the blogger to continue the conversation.
  • A list of links to other related sites or resources.
  • One or more feeds or ways for the readers to subscribe to the blog via RSS and email.

Does all of this fit with what you thought a blog was?  Do you have your own definition of what a blog is?  Share your thoughts and leave a comment. Ask questions too.  Let’s keep the conversation going!!!  And be watching for more on this topic coming over the next few weeks.

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9 Responses

  1. Great idea GG. We always assume people know stuff but in more cases than not, we’re wrong. I will tell people who listen to Talknology to head over here for a blogging 101.
    Nice job!

      • @GrantGriffiths  @DaveThackeray Always had questions on the relationship of blogs to newsletters: 1. Should a blog have different content than a newsletter? 2. Why have both? 3. Should the purpose of a newsletter be just to announce that you have a new blog post?

  2. Therefore, over the  next few weeks, I will be posting what some of you
    are going to feel is really basic stuff.  And you are right.  For those
    of us who have been blogging for a while, let’s not forget we were once
    right where all of these new bloggers are today.  We were looking for
    answers to our questions. That is what I hope this new series will
    accomplish.

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