Sunday, November 29, 2009

What is a blog

A blog, short for weblog, is a kind of personalized web journal, which is created, updated and maintained by an individual.

Like any journal, it is updated regularly with entries on subjects ranging from personal experiences to more cerebral subjects—subjects that one may not get a chance to record and make available to the public otherwise.

To understand this better, imagine this situation. You have lot of opinions on a subject. You may even be an expert. However, you are unable to disseminate these opinions widely as the conventional means of communication, such as newspaper or a magazine do not wish to publish your opinion.

This could be because they have no space or they consider the subject that you are interested is of interest to only some people and not to a wider audience. They may also consider you not knowledgeable enough or may have hesitation publishing your material because they feel you are not well known and hence readers may not want read your opinions. Hence, they reject your submission.

But with the emergence of blogs, it is possible for all individuals to express their opinions through their electronic journals.

Blog writing is so simple that it can be done by anyone. Also, blogging can be done for free or could be done after spending money. The choice is entirely the individual’s.

The only rule---if at all, there is a rule—is that the entries appear in a reverse chronological order. In simple terms, this means that the most recent entry appears at the top while the earlier entries are buried underneath.

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