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Wednesday Words: Blog

Google defines blog as:

noun

  1. a regularly updated website or page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

verb

  1. to add new material to or regularly update a blog (to blog).

Dictionary.com also defines blog, similarly, but also somewhat different from google with:

noun
  1. a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences,observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.
  2. a single entry or post on such a website:
    She regularly contributes a blog to the magazine’s website.
verb (used without object), blogged, blogging.
3. to maintain or add new entries to a blog.
verb (used with object), blogged, blogging.
4.  to express or write about on a blog:

She’s been blogging her illness for almost a year.

The word blog isn’t that old, deriving from the word, weblog, in 1995-2000, just as the internet was really taking off. Weblog was a combined form of (World Wide) Web Log, shortened to weblog and is basically what evolved to today’s blogs. It was a a personal Web site that provides updated headlines and news articles of other sites that are of interest to the user, also may include journal entries,commentaries and recommendations compiled by the user; also written web log, Weblog; also called blog.

Now days, blogs aren’t limited to just text. There’s photoblogging, vlogging, microblogging, and many other ways to get your thoughts out there. Blogs have a spot in almost every website as a way to keep the site up to date and relay new information to people as it’s released. It’s become an almost every day part of people’s lives whether they are reading or writing blogs.

There are many different software and sites available for blogs, including WordPress. WordPress is, perhaps, one of the most well known blogging sites and software out there. Other blogging sites include Blogger, tumbler, LiveJournal, Tumbler, wix and more.

The most important thing is when you start blogging is to determine which platform best suites your needs and work from there. If you are active in social media, you may have more than just a WordPress (for example) blog. You may have Tumblr as well to expand your audience.

Wednesday Words are a series of definitions posted weekly on Wednesdays regarding a word or phrase related to WordPress or it may be a generic word dealing with websites in general. These definitions are to help provide you with a better understanding of common and uncommon terms associated with WordPress and websites. You can find all the Wednesday Words by clicking on the Wednesday Words tag below, or clicking on the Wednesday Words Category link in the right menu or clicking here. Wednesday Words will also be available in a glossary in the future.

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