So What Is a Blog?

This article may be helpful to understand what we are doing here...

Let’s begin with some definitions. A bit dry, we realize, but this is a necessary evil. First we’ll define the word this whole site is based around – blog.

A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. Really, it’s anything you want it to be. For our purposes we’ll say that a blog is your own website that you are going to update on an ongoing basis. Blog is a short form for the word weblog and the two words are used interchangeably.

Originally blogs were known primarily as places for people to write about their day-to-day activities. Their mundane, everyday tasks became fodder for journal entries. Somehow these writers gained a following and the hobby of blogging was born. Today people write about far more interesting topics, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Who Blogs?

So who are these fearless people who would be willing to post about their lives in as public a forum as the Internet? They are people just like you. Once the haven of technical know-it-alls, blogging has suddenly caught-on as a legitimate hobby and has entered the mainstream. Every day millions of people, some of whom have no technical ability whatsoever, write on their blogs.

To meet this demand some amazing tools have been created that will allow anyone, even people with very little knowledge of computers, to have their own blog. If you can find your way onto the Internet and follow some basic instructions you can have your own blog. It’s just that easy.
Why Do People Blog?

So you may be asking why anyone would want to have their own blog. We believe the answer lies in the fact that every human has a voice and wishes their voice to be heard. The Internet is a medium that is unparalleled in its reach. Never before have average people like you or me been able to reach a global audience with so little trouble. Bloggers have the opportunity of reaching hundreds or even thousands of people each and every day.

There are still many people who like to share the details of their days. They may post twenty or thirty times a day, detailing when they ate lunch and when they headed home from work. On the other hand there are bloggers who give almost no detail about their lives, but write instead about a hobby or interest of theirs. They may dedicate their blog to something they are passionate about.

In fact, today’s blogs can provide hair tips, up-to-date news, technical information, celebrity scandal, political rumor, gets people involved in volunteering, advice on investments as well as there being blogs about niche topics like cooking, health, gardening, sport, blogging blogs (this blog) and of course many personal blogs and quite a few strange blogs.



Isabel said...

What on earth...?

This is copied & pasted content that *might* have been helpful a decade ago. I am so curious: have you honestly been getting questions by email about what a blog is?

Leigh Raymer said...

Isabel,this OP was posted by SS my blog administrator. She had some concern or maybe even frustration about a small group of distressed commenters that indicate emotional distress about the posts. I think SS was trying to educate them that the nature of a blog is that the owners should be allowed/encouraged to post all kinds of things as they wish cause == that is what a blog is for LOL! - thank you for asking your question in such a nice and professional manner! We have more and different posts coming up! ( i said something similar to SS, but it's partially - her blog!!lol)

SS said...

Isabel, Thank you for your response! No, we have not been getting questions about "what a blog is" What I was trying to do was as Leigh said, make people understand that a blog is anything the writer wants it to be. Leigh wants the blog to me more than just a site about Nanny sightings, she wants everyone to feel free to post whatever they wish about nanny's, babysitting, children, crafts for kids, etc.

Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

And this is why this site has lost so many readers. We WANT it to be about sightings, CL-WTF, etc. That's WHY MPP's site was so successful!