Short for the term “web log” a blog is a journal, usually personal in nature, which consists of many separate entries grouped together in a kind of format or organization which usually simulates a timeline.
Blogging has now become not only a pastime for teens, but a viable business model from which affiliate marketing and many other types of business models can be formed.
The best blogs are detailed and specific
Most blogs are quite specific in nature, providing a great deal of detail about one subject. That subject can very well be the person who is writing the blog, who may actually be blogging about their personal lives.
However, most blogs are actually based around a particular subject, and most of the best blogs are quite detailed and specific, providing its audience with a great deal of firsthand information that they often can not find anywhere else.
Although most blogging is text based, there are many types of blogs that are actually video based (known as a vlog), art or photo based, music based (an mp3 blog), or audio based (known as podcasting).
Is blogging popular nowdays?
Blogging is also quite popular, as there are more than 156 million blogs currently in existence.
If you count microblogging, which consists of blogging in very small posts (usually 3 lines or less), then that number goes even higher.
The number of blog posts that are microblogs are actually impossible to count as yet, because many people include comments on articles and in social media as a microblog, as well as bona fide microblogging.
Although most blogs are based around the format of a personal diary, there are many blogs which are also simply functions of a brand management program for a corporation. These blogs usually take the form of a website more than a timeline.
Blog actally came up as a joke
The actual term “blogs” was actually coined by Peter Merholz, who as a joke, broke the word “weblog” up on his blog.
However much he meant it to be a joke, the term actually caught on and was popularized wtih Evan Williams at Pyra Labs.
Blogs are almost as old as the Internet, with many blogs starting with the old bulletin boards like Usenet and CompuServe and Bulletin Board Systems.
The current blogs have evolved from the online diary that was quite popular around the 1990s with the AOL IM and chatroom culture. The first true commercially viable large hub for blogs was LiveJournal, which started in 1999.
Great way to create a name for your business
Blogs actually have a great deal of political impact these days, with many professional bloggers regularly made reference to in the mainstream media, and many of the top bloggers from the top blogs even called on to be regular guests in the rotation of talk show based programs.
Blogs are also a great way to create a name for a brand new business. There are many businessmen and women, even teens, who have turned their ability to make people pay attention to their blogs into a viable business model that brings them hundreds of thousands of dollars per year
What do you think about blogging? Are you having a blog for your business, fun or something else. Share your experiences and leave a comment below.