What is a blog?

A blog is a shortened fashion of the name weblog. It refers to an informational site or discussion on the World Wide Web consisting of distinct entries. The entries are characteristically presented in converse sequential order. At first blogs were used by individuals and often covered a single subject until recently when “multi-author blogs” (MABs) came into existence. The MABs have advanced with posts written by various authors and edited professionally. MABs from universities, advocacy groups, newspapers and other media outlets explain the intensifying of blog traffic. The emergence of microblogging systems like Twitter has helped in the integration of MABs and one person authored blogs into societal new streams. On the other hand, the word blog can be used as a verb to denote maintaining or addition of content to a blog.

The Difference

One thing that differentiates blogs from other fixed websites is its interactivity feature. It can be looked at as one form of social networking because of this feature. In spite of, some few blogs like Daring Fireball which have a vast readership do not allow comments most bloggers not only do they produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relations with their other bloggers and readers.

Various blogs offer commentary on a specific subject; others work as more personal online diaries; others function more as online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical blog combines images, text, and links to other blogs, other forms of media related to its field and Web pages. The expertise of readers leaving comments in an interactive format is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on photoblogs, art, videos (video blogs or "vlogs"), audio (podcasts) and music (MP3 blogs). Microblogging is another form of blogging, featuring very small posts. Blogs can function as instructional resources in education. These type of blogs are termed as edublogs.

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The History of blogging

The word "weblog" was coined on 17 December 1997 by Jorn Barger. The shortened form, "blog", was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokily broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog. Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs'

The ultramodern blog evolved from the online diary. Majority of such writers termed themselves as journalists, diarists. Justin Hall, began individual blogging in 1994 while he was a student at Swarthmore College, and he is usually recognized as one of the earlier bloggers as is Jerry Pournelle. Dave Winer's Scripting News is also attributed with being one of the older and longer running weblogs.

In antique times, blogs were manually updated components of common Web sites. The development of blogging tools led to the production and maintenance of Web articles posted in converse sequential order made the publishing process feasible to a much larger, less technical, population. Finally it resulted to the different class of online publishing that creates the blogs we see today.

From a slow start, blogging swiftly gained in popularity. Blog usage grew during 1999 and the years following, being additionally popularized by the near-instantaneous advent of the first hosted blog equipment. Blogging was also embraced in the political sector. For example, it was the driving force behind “Rathergate” scandal in the US.

By the year 2004, the function of blogs became progressively typicla, as political consultants, news services, and aspirants started using them as instruments for opinion forming and outreach. Blogging was created by politicians and political aspirants to articulate opinions on war and other issues and bolstered blogs' function as a news source.

The types of blogs

Collaborative blogs or group blogs
It is a form of weblog in which the blog posts are written and published various authors. The majority of prestigious mutual blogs are based around a single most uniting theme, such as technology or politics. In modern years, the blogosphere has observed the emergence and increasing popularity of more collective efforts, often established by already accomplished bloggers wishing to pool resources and time to both decrease the pressure of maintaining a major website and to charm a larger readership.

Corporate and organizational blogs
A blog can for business purposes or private. Blogs used internally to convalesce the culture and communication in a corporation or externally for public relations; branding or marketing purposes are termed as corporate blogs. Similar blogs for clubs and societies are referred to as club blogs or group blogs; distinctive use is to update the members and other parties interested to the club and member actions.

By genre
Some blogs focus on a specific subject, like political blogs, travel blogs, health blogs, gardening blogs, book blogs, house blogs, fashion blogs, education blogs, project blogs, niche blogs, quizzing blogs, classical music blogs, and legal blogs. Tutorial blogs are becoming growing popular. Two usual types of genre blogs are art blogs and music blogs.

By media type
A blog encompassing videos is called a vlog, one involving links is called a linklog, a site that has a portfolio of sketches is called a sketchblog or one involving photos is called a photoblog. Blogs with mixed media forms and shorter posts are called tumblelogs. Blogs that are written on typewriters and then scanned are called typecast.

By device
In addition, blogs can be described by which form of device is made use of in composing it. A blog written by a mobile device like a mobile phone or PDA could be called a moblog.

Reverse blog
A Reverse Blog is constituted of its users rather than an individual blogger. This system has the features of a blog, and the writing of many authors.

Community and cataloging

The Blogosphere
The joint community of all blogs is termed as the blogosphere. Since all blogs are on the internet by definition, they may be seen as interconnected and socially networked, through blogrolls, linkbacks, comments, and backlinks. Discussions "in the blogosphere" are occasionally used by the media as a gauge of public opinion on various issues. Because new, untapped communities of bloggers and their readers can emerge in the space of a few years, Internet marketers pay close attention to "trends in the blogosphere".

Blog search engines
Varied blog search engines have been embraced to search blog information, such as BlogScope, Technorati and Bloglines. Technorati referred to one of the more common blog search engines, but the website ended assigning authority scores and indexing blogs in May 2014. Blogscope ended early in 2012. The research group is working on a current beyond simple keyword search, by coming up with new ways to search through large amounts of information present in the blogosphere.


Previously the knowledge of technologies like HTML was required for the publication of information on the web. The advent of blogs coincided with the emergence of web publishing tools and thus enhanced posting of information by non-technical users.

Personal blogs

The personal blog is a continuous commentary written by a single individual.