“What is a blog” has remained a trending search query on google over time. Can you flashback to the first time you heard about the word “Blog”? What did your brain interpret it to be like? What was your reaction?
Maybe you are familiar with what a blog is, In the same way, there are people who have come across it on a regular basis but don’t have any idea of what it really is. While to some people this is their first encounter.
To achieve the purpose of this post, I will like to start from the basics which many people will neglect, and with that, you will get the full list. So let’s start by answering the basic question.
What Is A Blog All About?
A blog is an abbreviated word for weblog which is a discussion or informational website published on the world wide web. The content of a blog typically includes text, pictures, videos, animated GIFs, and other hard copy documents. Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.
The blog is almost the same as a website but the few difference there is that blog is like an online diary or a journal mostly managed by one person. The author writes about a lot of things that depend on his/her area of interest. For example, my blog Mackiestdon.com talks about how to start a blog and make a living from it. Usually, a blog is updated on regular basis (Once a day, Once a week, or Once a month)
Words That Goes With Blog And Their Meanings
- Blog (noun): This is a public journal, diary, or even a book that is oftentimes publicly available on the internet.
- Blog (verb): To start a blog, to manage a blog e.g “I want to blog”
- Blogger (noun): A person who owns a manages a blog by updating it regularly.
- Blog Posts (noun): An article or a write up in a blog that is published by a blogger.
- Blogging (verb): The act of writing or updating a blog post.
A Brief History Of Blog Trend
It’s generally recognized that the first blog was Links.net, created by Justin Hall, while he was a Swarthmore College student in 1994. Of course, at that time they weren’t called blogs, and he just referred to it as his personal homepage.
The word “Weblog“ was coined in the year 1997 and it was attributed to Jorn Barger. The term was created to reflect the process of “logging the web” as he surfs the internet. “Weblog” was shortened to “blog” in 1999 by programmer Peter Merholz.
During these early years, a few different “blogging” platforms cropped up. LiveJournal is probably the most recognizable of the early sites.
The Growth Period
The early 2000s were a period of growth for blogs. In 1999, according to a list compiled by Jesse James Garrett, there were 23 blogs on the internet. By the middle of 2006, there were 50 million blogs according to Technorati‘s State of the Blogosphere report.
For a detailed history of blogging below are my recommendation:
Reasons Why Most People Blog
Different people have there a different reason for blogging, so let dive deep into the most reason why some people start their own blog.
- To Create Awareness: Many blogs are started with the zeal to tackle a particular problem in society so for that the blogger tends to table his own side of view on how to tackle a particular issue in the society.
- Advertisement And Brand Promotion: Some companies see it as a useful medium of letting their customer know about their latest product and as well get product reviews from them.
- To Connect With Like-Minded People: When you write on a specific topic, it helps you to gain the attention of some persons who have the same thought like you, and you can improve your knowledge from their opinion via the comment section.
- Self Promotion: Blogging in your area of interest will make you showcase your skill in front of your potential employee, that may visit your blog.
- To Gain Knowledge: Writing in your area of specialization will make you dig deep into learning more about it and in the process acquire more knowledge.
Benefits Of Blogging
- Become Your Own Boss: Thousands of bloggers out there make a left by helping people on their day to activities
- Freedom: Being a blogger helps you manage your daily activities the way it pleases you, for example, you sleep and wake up when you want.
- Create A Brand: Many potential bloggers are known for their blogs e.g Harsh Agrawal was known for his popular blog Shoutmeloud, Pat Flynn was known for his popular blog smartpassiveincome.com and so many others.
And that’s it! I’m more than confident that you fully understand what a blog is and the decision is left for you to take whether you will like to start one today or not. Check out my other post on things to consider before starting a blog.
If by some unfortunate circumstance you get stuck or have any questions for me about this post or anything at all in this blog, just get in touch with me or leave a comment below. I’ll help you out with any problems.