10 Facts about Blogs.

Here i’m sharing 10 Facts about Blogs.

Ø  What are “Blogs”?

A “Blog”- shorthand term that means “Web log”—is an online, chronological collection of personal information, commentary and links Easy to create and use from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Blogs are a form of Internet publishing that has become an established communications tool.

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According to Wikipedia

A blog (or weblog) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.

Generally a blogs tend to have a few things in common:

  • A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top.
  • Often, the articles are organized into categories.
  • An archive of older articles.
  • A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
  • A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a “blogroll”.
  • One or more “Feeds” like RSS, Atom or RDF files.

Ø  History of Blog.

The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, “blog,” was coined by Peter Merholz.

Ø  Where Did Blogs Come From?

Before blogging became popular, digital communities took many forms, including Usenet, commercial online services such as GEnie, BiX and the early CompuServe, e-mail lists and Bulletin Board Systems (BBS).

Some early bloggers, such as The Misanthropic Bitch, who began in 1997, actually referred to their online presence as a zine, before the term blog entered common usage.

Ø  Why is Blogging Helpful to Businesses or Individuals?

Blogs are proliferating at an exponential rate. Estimates suggest as many as 50 million people are now blogging. Because blogs are easy to create and modify, they occupy a unique niche in cyberspace—that of highly personalized discussion forums that foster communities of interest. Webmasters struggling to keep fresh, attractive content on their websites to lure visitors back have found blogs the answer. Blogs are not only trendy but also beneficial to businesses, it’s important to understand how they can be used to your advantage.

Ø  Types Blogs.

There are many different types of blogs, differing not only in the type of content, but also in the way that content is delivered or written.

o   Personal blogs

o   Corporate and organizational blogs

o   By genre

o   By media type

o   By device(moblog)

Also read How to start a website or blog.

Ø  Defamation or liability of Blogs.

Several cases have been brought before the national courts against bloggers concerning issues of defamation or liability. U.S. payouts related to blogging totaled $17.4 million by 2009.

In 2009, a controversial and landmark decision by The Hon. Mr. Justice Eady refused to grant an order to protect the anonymity of Richard Horton.

In 2009, NDTV issued a legal notice to Indian blogger Chetan Kunte for “abusive free speech” regarding a blog post criticizing their coverage of the Mumbai attacks. The blogger unconditionally withdrew his post, replacing it with legal undertaking and an admission that his post had been “defamatory and untrue” which resulted in several Indian bloggers criticizing NDTV for trying to silence critics.

Ø  Why Blog is it significant?

Because blogs engage people in knowledge sharing, reflection, and debate, they often attract a large and dedicated readership. Blogs are becoming an important component of the Internet landscape, providing authors and readers with an avenue for unedited expression, reaction, and connection, without the censorship of mediated chat rooms or formal media outlets.

Ø  The Difference between a Blog and CMS?

Software that provides a method of managing your website is commonly called a CMS or “Content Management System”. Many blogging software programs are considered a specific type of CMS. They provide the features required to create and maintain a blog, and can make publishing on the internet as simple as writing an article, giving it a title, and organizing it under (one or more) categories. While some CMS programs offer vast and sophisticated features, a basic blogging tool provides an interface where you can work in an easy and, to some degree, intuitive manner while it handles the logistics involved in making your composition presentable and publicly available. In other words, you get to focus on what you want to write, and the blogging tool takes care of the rest of the site management.

Ø  How Blogs Work?

A blog can be thought of as an online journal, and maintaining a blog is as simple as using an online e-mail program. Bloggers enter posts into a blogging application, add formatting or hyperlinks, and save the post. The application adds the entry to the blog, making the content available online and alerting users who have subscribed to that blog’s content. Entries can include text, hyperlinks, images, or multimedia.

Ø  List of Blog software. (also called blogging software or blogware)

o   WordPress

o   Typepad

o   Squarespace

o   LiveJournal

o   Blogger

o   BlogHarbor

o   Xanga

o   Open Salon

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