Have you ever wondered what is a blog? For many, the word blog is unfamiliar and may even sound strange.
A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal journal style text entries.
Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.
Blogs are usually the work of a single individual like myself and occasionally of a small group, and often cover a single subject or topic.
In the 2010s, “multi-author blogs” (MABs) emerged, featuring the writing of multiple authors and sometimes professionally edited.
MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems help integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media.
The word “blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users who did not have much experience with HTML or computer programming.
Previously, a knowledge of such technologies as HTML and File Transfer Protocol had been required to publish content on the Web, and early Web users therefore tended to be computer enthusiasts and hackers.
In the 2010s, the majority were interactive Web 2.0 websites, allowing visitors to leave online comments, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.
In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of a social networking service. Indeed, bloggers produce content to post on their blog and often build connections with their readers and other bloggers. However, there are also high-readership blogs which do not allow comments.
Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject or topic, ranging from philosophy, religion, and arts to science, politics, and sports.
Others function as more personal online diaries or online brand advertising of a particular individual or company.
A typical blog combines text, digital images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic.
The ability of readers to leave publicly viewable comments, and interact with other commenters, is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs.
However, blog owners or authors often moderate and filter online comments to remove hate speech or other offensive content.
Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photo blogs), videos (video blogs or “vlogs”), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts). In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources; these are referred to as Edu blogs. Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.
‘Blog’ and ‘blogging’ are now loosely used for content creation and sharing on social media, especially when the content is long-form and one creates and shares content on regular basis. So, one could be maintaining a blog on Facebook or blogging on Instagram.
This can be overwhelming especially if you are anything like me. I found it was gibberish then realized I had been journaling all my life and now in this modern day, it’s just called Blogging.
So, if you have ever written in a diary or journal of any type, like when you go on vacation and capture your experience, or simply just write your thoughts on paper, you have content that could be used for a blog.
Now, this modern day type of journaling can be easily shared with others and many can relate to in their own way.
Thanks to the Master Key Experience (MKE) I have learned to blog and add comments on others blogs too. I have even read several of my blogs on Clubhouse, which is a social audio app for Apple and Android users. I encourage you to check out other blogs on this site from our many guides/coaches who are part of the MKE community.
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