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"What is a blog?"

A blog is an author entry oriented, virtual journal or an online diary. In more simple terms, a personal blog could be considered as an internet log of a person's thoughts, feelings and opinions.  

"Where did the word blog originate?"

Originally the word weblog, coined by Jorn Barger in 1998, was used to suggest that a person was logging the web (1) or more accurately to depict logging or documenting something on the web. The word blog was coined by Robert Merholz, as an abbreviated form of the word weblog. (2)

"What does the expression to blog mean?"  

The expression to blog suggests that a person is going to put some information on a weblog or blog, add additional content to an already existing blog, or perhaps maintain his or her blog in some way.  

"What are some of the some of the more common features found on blogs?"

These may include ongoing commentaries, or documentaries about various subjects of concern, news related items of interest, opinions on certain things, thoughts and feelings about current issues, social events, political agendas or cultural problems, etc.  

A blog may be maintained as a personal blog, or one that is expanded into a family blog. It may also be created as a social blog that allows networking for a community of like-minded individuals. Sometimes blogs are used by authors and poets in order to publish their works. There are numerous professional blogs that are used only for business purposes.        

"What kind of a format does a blog have?"

A blog consists of a series of ongoing web pages that are interlinked and generally displayed in reverse order. (They can be displayed in chronological order.) It may contain a variety of images, text links, or web site address links for other pertinent web pages, or other web sites. It may or may not contain advertising. The content that is displayed generally depends upon the author's personal preference. The blog may be closed or open to the public. The content may be entered in the form of text only, or expanded upon to include digital photography, graphics, videos etc.  

"Are blogs really something new or different for our era?"

Millions of people have kept journals of various kinds, over the past generations. What is new and different is the reality that more and more people are keeping their journals online. In other words, there is a growing, international trend towards blogs, simply because more people are learning the basics about how to use computers.  

Suddenly, on the horizon of time, it appears to be more realistic, feasible and practical to use the internet for compiling documents. Hand written and typed documents are decreasing in numbers.  

Blogs are increasing in popularity, because people all around the world are beginning to perceive their merit. Blogging is one more way to have increased global outreach. It is also an excellent way to communicate effectively with others immediately. Education is enhanced through teachers and students blogging together.  

"How can I present a professional appearing blog?"

Consider the following suggestions, if you are creating a blog for the first time.  

  • A blog should allow and encourage freedom of speech for others.  
  • A blog should always maintain a high standard of academic excellence.  
  • A blog should disclose essential information, but not excess personal information.
  • A blog should reflect your thoughts, opinions and values accurately.
  • A blog should be something that you will be proud of sharing with others.    

"Does it cost anything to set up a blog?"  

Setting up a blog does not necessarily cost any money, depending upon where one chooses to set it up. There are many free blog sites that are now becoming available to the public. There are some blog sites that do charge, so it is always advisable to make a serious inquiry before setting up a blog on any site. It is possible to set up one's own blog by purchasing a domain name

"Does a blog pay?"

There are blogs that do pay, but these generally will have terms and conditions that will include agreements to allow advertising, which then generates income for the author. Most blogs do not generate income.

"How many blogs can I have?"

At the moment, there is no limit to the number of blogs that one can have, so it is possible to set several of them up for different content.  

Spending some time doing some serious internet research about blogs and blogging, is generally a good idea when one is interested in starting a blog for the first time. It is also wise to discuss blogging with others who have set up blogs already.  

Blogging is a relatively new international phenomenon, so feel free to join bloggers everywhere and enjoy blogging!

    

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