Tuesday, September 07, 2004
"A Web page containing brief, chronologically arranged items of information". Peter Scott, weblog expert at the University of Saskatchewan Library.
Blogs (weB logs) are a specific kind of website. Sometimes a blog is just a part of a website. A blog is a website that has a particular kind of format. The format is usually sequential entries. It is a log, journal, or diary kept on the Internet.
Blogs are becoming popular for several reasons.
- Blogs are free, or very low cost.
- Blogs require very little technical knowledge.
- Blogs are fun.
- Blogs can give some value for Search Engine Optimization for minimal effort.
- Blogs are a very quick way to provide for some group collaboration.
- Blogs can be personal and egotistical, an individual sharing thoughts with the world.
- Blogs can be political, and in fact, political Bloggers were invited to the political conventions of both Democrats and Republicans.
- Blogs can be for groups, with each member recording progress on a project or adventure.
- Blogs can be travel logs, often with pictures.
- Blogs can contain only pictures, sometimes called a photoblog.
- Blogs can be maintained with camera phones, called a moblog (mobile blog).
- Blogs can be informative, containing entries for quotes, tips, recipes, or news.
- Blog directories,
- Blog search engines,
- Blog communities,
- Blog chat rooms,
- Blog templates and
- Blog add-ons.
Blogs entries can be done with a traditional type of text entry, entries can be done with some services by sending an email, and entries can be done with some services when surfing by right clicking information and sending it straight to the blog entry. There are services now that allow audio updates to blogs, and one can phone call the blog and leave a message.
Because blogs are so easy to setup and so easy to maintain, they can be considered in the overall website plan as either a way to satisfy the requirement or provide an adjunct to a more traditional site. Some wags say that Blog stands for Better Listings on Google.
See the The Weblogs Compendium, everything you need to know about weblogs/blogs.