A blog, also known as weblog, is a type of website that is like a diary or journal. Blog organizes content in the form of categories and posts. Posts on a blog are presented in reverse chronological order. That means your latest post goes to the top of the page. That way, when you make a new post, it will come first and the first post will go below it. Anyone can create a blog and then write on that blog. Bloggers (a word for people who write on blogs) often write about their opinions and thoughts. A blog containing video material is called a video blog or video log, usually shortened to vlog.
When a person writes on a blog, what they write is in the form of a post, which is a single piece of writing on the blog. Posts often include links to other websites.
Blogs can have one or more writers. If they have more than one writer, they are often called community blogs, team blogs, or group blogs because the thoughts are made by more than one person.
Blogging platforms[change | change source]
Websites and blogging applications that can be used to create a blog are called blogging platforms.
WordPress, Blogspot, Tumblr, Wix, Weebly, Joomla, Typepad, Ghost, Squarespace, etc. are the most popular and unique blogging platforms today. Everyone is competing with each other for different services. Although everyone's main purpose is to attract bloggers, their different interfaces and facilities are unique.
- WordPress WordPress is currently one of the most popular and famous blog publishing applications and powerful CMS. It is an open source blogging software, which is developed by PHP and MySQL. WordPress was initially a free blogging platform that later built an engine and began downloading it for free to give any blogger access. This is a very useful platform for beginners. But that doesn't know anything. It is not possible for them to handle this. At the very least, it is imperative for a new blogger to know how to install this platform, how to manage it, how to fix minor errors or problems for society.
- Blogspot Blogspot is an open blog creation platform that allows you to create personal or commercial blogs for free. Blogger's automated subdomain is .blogspot.com. A registered user can create 100 blogs in one account for free. However, its popularity is not the same as before. But the importance has not been lowered. It is a product of Google. So, many businesses still use it, and it offers a blogspot.com domain as well as the option to buy a custom one. Its experienced platform makes it easier for people with less experience to work with and build upon it.
- Tumblr Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Carp in 2006 and owned by Yahoo since 2013. It can be used for free. Its popularity is slowly increasing. There are many who are trying to find a way to earn by creating their own blog on this platform.
- Joomla Joomla is a free and open source content management system for publishing web content; It is an independent CMS. Like many other web applications, Joomla can be run on a LAMP server. You do not have to pay for the services of Linux Apache Mysql and PHP software.
- Weebly Weebly is a "drag-and-drop" website developer featuring a website hosting service. A newbie use easily free although it provides paid services.
How blogs work[change | change source]
On many blogs, the person reading the posts can leave comments, which are notes in which a person says what they think about the blog post. This makes blogs good for discussion — if someone writes something that someone else does not believe to be true, someone else can fix it by writing a comment on that blog or on their own blog. Someone else cannot change what the post says, but the writer of the post can. Not all blog posts need to be talked about or fixed. But if there are a lot of people interested in a topic, they can start a discussion on the original blog, on their own blogs, or both. These people can discuss a topic or their point of view.
Very often, a community blog or group blog will shrink into a small group of bloggers (writers) who know and trust each other, called a creative network. That kind of community blog will also have a larger group of people, a social network, who only read (and maybe comment on) the blog. Some blogs have scoring (ranking) of posts that makes these networks more solid, so that postings that people like the most are shown first or in a way that is easier to find.
Often people have their own blog and make an RSS feed to it. When blogs have RSS feeds, other programs, called content aggregators, can put postings from all the blogs that a person likes in one place. Many people find it easier to read all the new posts from blogs they like in one place, through RSS, instead of going to each site one at a time.
Some experts think that community blogs, and some groups of individual (one-person) blogs that talk about similar topics, have a power structure like that inside a political party. These experts think that a clique (a small, exclusive group of people) will control discussions by choosing when someone has "won" an argument, and when a matter is decided. But an advantage of blogs is that even people outside that clique can comment on the original discussion.