What is a Blog?

wordpressFirst, WordPress can be a bit daunting.  One question that comes up quite frequently is:  What is a blog?

So let’s start with some definitions:

a Web site that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also:  the contents of such a site

blog verb
blogger noun
blogging noun

~ Merriam-Webster

and

“Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.

~ WordPress Codex

Blogs have some common features:

  • Articles are listed in reverse chronological order.  Your most current post is at the top.  Since your posts are timely, they encourage conversation.
    • Articles are often organized by category.
  • Blogs will often have an archive of older articles.
  • Blogs will often have links to other related sites or website pages.

What can be in a blog?

Short answer: anything.  Anything you love or enjoy talking about or doing and want to share that information or experiences can be in a blog.  Do you love cross country trips or cross country skiing and want to talk about it?  Maybe you are a history buff and want to share what you are learning about your subject matter.  Are you learning a new skill?  Do you want to share your new found knowledge and lessons learned? Is this is the right time to start sharing your knowledge.

Most of all, if you have a website and want a broader reach on the internet, a blog can be a great tool for you.  Share your knowledge, provide helpful hints.