The following post originally came out in one of my other blogs, “Blog. Blogger. Bloggest!”. Check out the rest of that blog for more insights on the world of blogs and blogging. Particularly useful for you who are just starting to blog, and those wanting to build better blogs. Enjoy!
Blogs (short for Web-Logs), are essentially online showcases of a person, usually posted for all the world to see.
See it used to be that all we had were just websites. Only a relative few knew how to set one up and keep things running. Blogs became popular partly because it changed the traditional model somehow- anyone can now have an interactive website, and since you always inject your personality into it, anyone can now have a voice online.
Having your own blog these days is so easy now, since there are a lot of free blog-hosting services available online. All you need really is a few thoughts, and a willingness to share those thoughts to the online community.
Blogging is just like writing something on your journal, except that this journal is now online, and that (depending on how much you want to share) it is available for people to interact with.
When you do maintain a blog, you are in effect, a blogger. And there are thousands of bloggers out there all over the world, blogging on so many different things.
Since blogging is a very personal thing, expect most bloggers to write about stories and articles they feel passionate about- personal interests, reviews, politics, experiences- all that sort of thing.
Others like to share their knowledge on various topics, give advice, or just help point others in the right direction.
So blogging can be so many things- it can be a social activity, where you can interact with other bloggers (at least those with some common ground with you), it is a venue for you to express your personality, an opportunity for you to showcase your talents and knowledge, or a much-needed change of pace from the usual things you do in real life.
For some, they use it as a manifesto, as a marketing tool, or even as a means to earn a living.