Saturday, June 28, 2008

To Blog or Not To Blog...that is the question

For a long time I resigned myself to think that anyone would actually want to look at my personal thoughts in the form of a blog. C'mon people - this is just today's version of a diary. Why would anyone want to read my personal diary? But, the more I thought about it the more I thought I might as well give it a whirl.

Some of you reading this may still be wondering "WHAT IS A BLOG?" You hear people talk about blogging or reading someone's blog and you might have thought you were the only one in the world that didn't know what they were talking about. So, I decided to help you out a little.

Wikipedia (which I rarely have used - although some of my friends (Tammy) think I use it regularly) describes a blog in the following way: A blog (an abridgment of the term web log) is a website, 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.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries (See - I told you so!). A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for 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 (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.With the advent of video blogging, the word blog has taken on an even looser meaning of any bit of media wherein the subject expresses his opinion or simply talks about something.

Okay, so is this more information than you ever wanted to know about blogs and blogging?

Now, go get busy creating your own blog!

1 comment:

Elly Gilbert said...

As your new Facebook friend and newly found XO sister, I'm glad you're blogging!!!!