Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Fun AND Educational

Some of you who have been reading have asked the question, "What is a blog?"

From reading it is apparent that it involves an online journal, but for the sake of educating some of you, here is a more full definition.


A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links.

A blog is often a mixture of what is happening in a person's life and what is happening on the Web, a kind of hybrid diary/guide site, although there are as many unique types of blogs as there are people. Some people use blogs merely as an online journal and nothing more. Others use them to spout political views, comment on news items, or collect some type of related information. Some are turn into fan sites. Still others use them to shamelessly promote their line of business.

People maintained blogs long before the term was coined, but the trend gained momentum with the introduction of automated published systems, most notably Blogger at (hey, that's where we are right now!) Thousands of people use services such as Blogger to simplify and accelerate the publishing process.

Blogs are alternatively called web logs or weblogs. However, "blog" seems less likely to cause confusion, as "web log" can also mean a server's log files.

So there you go. That is what a blog is. And for those of you who don't like saying blog (is it really as bad as moist?), now that you fully understand what it is you can make up your own name.


Anonymous said...

How about moist blogs? Discuss amongst yourself....

amber said...

I would remain anonymous as well if I was suggesting talk of moist blogs. Ewww.

Kim M. Bayne said...

Apparently, my shameless self-promotion worked, since you linked to my blog. Thanks for the free PR. Oh, yeah, I had a chuckle, but I really do like your writing.