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Oct 25, 2008

What Is A Blog?



I found the "Daily Blog Tips" site today and would like to share it with you. Hope you will also find something useful from this great blog learning site.

It is 2008; do we still need to ask ourselves what a blog is? I think so, and for two reasons. First of all we still have many misconceptions about blogging floating around the web. Pretty much every week I get at least one email from someone asking if I believe blogging has a future. My answer is always “as long as the Internet has a future, blogs do too.” You will see why I answer that below.

You also have countless articles being published every week where the author suggests that blogs are obsolete, and that the next big thing is micro blogging, or lifestreaming or something else. Again I don’t agree with any of those predicted trends.

The second reason for trying to define what a blog is in 2008 (many people have already done that in the past after all) is because blogging is a social phenomenon. As such, it is constantly evolving, and what was true two years ago might not be anymore.

Blogs Aren’t Necessarily Personal

The main misconception regarding the definition of blogs comes from people that associate blogs with their content. More specifically from people that associate blogs with the content from one particular type of blog: personal blogs.

In other words, those people think that blogs are online diaries where people share their opinions, ramblings and personal events.

Wrong!

That is just one of the things that you could do with a blog.

Today blogs are being used for all sorts of purposes. You have companies that use blogs to communicate and interact with customers and other stake holders. Newspapers that incorporated blogs to their main website to offer a new channel for their writers. Individuals that created a blog to share with the world their expertise on specific topics. And so on.

Separate The Content

If you separate the content from the website, it becomes much easier to work with the definitions.

Consider a person that wants to publish a Questions & Answers column online. She could use several types of websites for that purpose.

She could create an online forum, for example, where each thread would be an answer to a specific question. She could create a static HTML website and publish all the questions and answers on a single page. She could create a wiki where users would be able to edit the questions and answers directly. Finally, she could also create a blog where each post would contain a question and its answer.

As you can see, the content is not attached to the website. The picture below illustrates that (note that only four types of websites were used, but there are many more).





Obviously one type of website will be more suitable for a certain purpose than others. It would be easier for a company to use an online forum on its customer support section, for instance.

So What Is A Blog?

A blog is basically a type of website, like a forum or a social bookmarking site. As such it is defined by the technical aspects and features around it, and not by the content published inside it.

The features that make blogs different from other websites are:

content is published in a chronological fashion
content is updated regularly
readers have the possibility to leave comments
other blog authors can interact via trackbacks and pingbacks
content is syndicated via RSS feeds
Keep in mind that it is the bundle of those features that should define a blog. An online forum could also offer an RSS feed for example, but that would not make it a blog.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Lam Chun See said...

I don't care what these experts write about blogs. All I know is that my readers and I having a good time reminscing about the good old days at Good Morning Yesterday.

But it is true that there are a lot of misconceptions about blogs. Let me share two personal encouters from my friends who heard that I liked to blog.

First guy. "You chiat par kah eng is it?". Too much time, nothing better to do is it. This chap probably thinks I that a blog is where people only talk about what they had for breakfast.

Second guy (even worse); "Chun See .. be careful. The govt is watching you guys." He probably thinks blogs are all anti-govt rantings.

November 7, 2008 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Swollen Thumb said...

Blogs are the current step in the evolution of the media.

First, the internet came around, and worked to combine all other current forms of media, such as news, video, images, music, etc.

The internet went through a period of growth throughout the 90's, and around the turn of the century, people started noticing several flaws with the majority of websites, most notably the difficulty in web design and the lack of updates.

The concept of blogging fixed those flaws, and introduced a floodgate of interest from people of all backgrounds and interests. You might consider this a growth spurt for the internet.

Now, we are witnessing many people lose interest with blogging, and/or the popularity of blogging in its strict definition of declining.

I believe, however, that blogging is not going away, rather than it is evolving into something new, much like the web evolved into what it is now.

Many things are coming out, such as social networking sites, forums, twitter, etc. but I don't think that we have any idea what the "next big thing" will be. I feel confident, however, that the concepts of blogging will remain intact for years to come.

January 18, 2009 at 2:31 PM  

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