What Is a Blog?

by Cherie Brunetti

A weblog or blog is a website that maintains frequently updated and ongoing entries or posts. Most blogs feature a community, comments and links to other sites or articles on the web. A blog is usually updated more often than other sites, which encourages readers to visit more often.

Definition

A blog is a specific type of website. It is typically arranged in order, from the most recent post at the top of the page to older posts and you scroll down the page. Blogs are usually written by a single person (although there are many exceptions to this) and a blog is usually written about a specific topic. You can find blogs on virtually any topic, from science fiction to gardening.

Features

For the most part, blogs have three features that set them apart from other types of websites. A blog's content is usually updated far more frequently than a regular site. Blogs can also be syndicated. You can read a blog through a web browser or through a feed, This means that people can read the posts on a blog without actually visiting the site. Blogs also offer a community feel and conversation.

Types

A personal blog is a commentary or online diary written by one person. This is the most common type of blog. Many personal blogs are simply intended to be seen by the writer or a small group of the writer's friends and family. Corporate blogs can be used for business purposes. These types of blogs are used to facilitate communication in a company or for marketing and building the company's web presence. Niche blogs focus on one particular topic. The topics can be virtually anything, from travel to politics.

Posts

To keep a blog interesting, you can use several different types of blog posts. Your posts can be instructional or informational. You can use a post to review a product. A popular type of blog post is a list. You can also interview someone in the field that your blog addresses and make that into a post.

Benefits

There are several benefits of blogging. A blog is a great way to make contact and make new friends who have similar interests. If you have products or services to sell, a blog can help you attract customers. You can also use your blog to build your credibility and establish yourself as an expert in your field.

How to Start a Blog

When starting your own blog, first decide what you want to blog about. Choose something that you are interested in and passionate about. Decide if you want to host your blog yourself or if you want to use a hosting service. For those who are not Internet savvy, a hosting service is usually the best option.

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About the Author

Cherie Brunetti has been writing and editing since 2005. She loves writing about psychology, child development, and home business. She has had feature articles published with "Us Moms Today" and "You & Me: America's Medical Magazine." Brunetti holds a Master of Science in counseling psychology from Frostburg State University in Maryland.

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