You must have heard the term “blog” or “weblog” and you’re probably thinking what it’s all about… Let’s make this clear, when I was in College, a lot of people talked about “blogs” and “blogging”, but I never knew exactly what it was. I had absolutely no idea…
Fortunately, I’ve now published and managed many different blogs, so I can truly say I know what blogging is.
So WHAT is a BLOG?
A blog is very similar to a website. I would say that a blog is a diary/journal that is (mostly) maintained by one person – blogger. Usually, blogs are being updated quite often (once a day, once a week, once a month). Blogs can be private, but most of them are available on the internet for others to see.
Blogs have certain topics. My blog’s topic is “blogging” and “how to start one” – I’m helping beginners to start a blog, get more visitors and much more… BUT, it can also have several other topics. Bloggers are usually passionate about a specific topic thus they’ll create one.
Blog posts are the fundamental of a blog. Every blog on the internet consists of different blog posts written by the blogger. Blog posts can contain content (obviously!), videos, images, bullet-points, different headings and so on.
Blogs (and blog posts) can be shared on social networks (Twitter, FaceBook, Google+) and people can leave comments under the blog posts in order to start meaningful conversations.
Blogs can have a LOT of visitors. When your blog has enough posts and it starts to become popular, you’ll start receiving traffic from other sites, social networks and even from search engines.
Definitions that are tied with a blog
Blog (n.) – an online journal/diary that is available on the Internet.
Blogger (n.) – an individual who is the blog owner. The person who keeps the blog alive (posting new posts, sharing the latest news, information, case studies, opinions, etc…)
Blog Post (n.) – An article or writing that is inside the blog. For example, the article you are currently reading is a “blog post” that is written for my blog.
Blog (v.) – to start a blog, to keep a blog, to find a blog – I’m going to find a blog about health and fitness.
Blogging (v.) – the action of maintaining/writing a blog – While blogging, I’m able to share information that I feel is important, helpful or interesting for others.
Blog history and trends
Unofficially, the first blog ever was made by Justin Hall (links.net) in 1994. At that time, no-one actually knew the word “blog” or “weblog”. Actually, Justin’s web property was more or less of a simple website, but it looked like a blog. He posted regularly (still doing it!) about the “stuff” he found on the internet and it was sort of “personal diary”.
The term “weblog” was first (officially) announced in 1997 by Jorn Barger. In 1999, weblog was shortened to blog. At this point, some folks (who had computers and internet access) started blogging, still, it wasn’t popular at all…
Then came WordPress (in 2003) and it changed a lot… Why so? WordPress started to offer FREE blogging platform. A lot of people have found it useful (including me) since it’s really easy to install, maintain and use. More than 75% of the blogs are using WordPress blogging platform.
Currently, in 2014, there are more than 152,000,00 blogs on the internet!
Why people Blog?
Blogs are made and used for many different reasons. I’ll explain that to you shortly.
- A) To express themselves
- B) To delivery valuable information and news to other people on the internet
- C) To make money (Yes, some people are making a lot of money with blogging)
- D) Self-promotion
- E) To connect with like-minded people
- F) To gain knowledge
- G) To find a better job
- H) To improve writing skills
- I) etc…