What is a Blog?by Team Goelji on May 17, 2008
“Blogâ€ is an abbreviated version of â€œweblog,â€ which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is a frequently updated, personal website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.
Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, home staging, sports, or mobile technology. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to all types of other sites. And others are more like personal journals, presenting the authorâ€™s daily life and thoughts.
Generally speaking (although there are exceptions), blogs tend to have a few things in common:
- A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top. Often, the articles are organized into categories.
- An archive of older articles.
- A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
- A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a â€œblogrollâ€.
- One or more feeds like RSS, Atom or RDF files.
Some blogs may have additional features beyond these.
The Blog Content
Content is the essential purpose for any web site. Sites for Retail usually feature a catalog of products. University sites contain information about their campuses, curriculum, and faculty. News sites show the latest news stories. For a personal blog, you might have a bunch of observations, or reviews. Without some sort of updated content, there is little reason to visit a web site more than once.
On a blog, the content consists of posts (also sometimes called â€œarticlesâ€ or â€œentriesâ€œ) that the author(s) writes. Some blogs do have multiple authors, each writing his/her own articles. Typically, blog authors compose their articles in a web-based interface, built into the blogging system itself. A few blogging systems do support the use of stand-along blog client tools, allowing authors to write articles offline and then upload them at later time.
Want an interactive website? It’s always nice if the readers of a website could leave comments, tips or thoughts about the site or a specific article? With blogs, they can! Posting comments is one of the most exciting features of blogs.
Most blogs have a method to allow visitors to leave comments. There are also nifty ways for authors of other blogs to leave comments without even visiting the blog! called â€œpingbacksâ€ or â€œtrackbacksâ€œ, they can inform other bloggers whenever they cite an article from another site in their own articles. All this ensures that online conversations can be maintained painlessly among various site users and websites.