“What is a blog” has remained a trending search query on google over time. Can you flashback to the first time you heard the word “Blog”? What did your brain interpret it to be like? What was your reaction?
Maybe you are familiar with a blog; in the same way, some people have come across it regularly but don’t know what it is. While to some people, this is their first encounter.
To achieve the purpose of this post, I would like to start from the basics, which many people will neglect, and with that, you will get the complete list. So let’s start by answering the fundamental question.
What Is A Blog All About?
A blog is an abbreviated word for weblog, 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.
A blog is almost the same as a website, but the only difference is that a blog is like an online diary or a journal managed mainly by one person. The author writes about many things that depend on their 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 regularly (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 often 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 a blogger publishes.
- Blogging (verb): Writing or updating a blog post.
A Brief History Of Blog Trends
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 them as his homepage.
The word “Weblog“ was coined in 1997 and was attributed to Jorn Barger. The term was created to reflect the “logging the web” process as he surfs the internet. “Weblog” was shortened to “blog” in 1999 by programmer Peter Merholz.
A few different “blogging” platforms cropped up during these early years. 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 a different reason for blogging, so let’s dive deep into the most reason why some people start their blogs.
- To Create Awareness: Many blogs are started with the zeal to tackle a particular problem in society, so the blogger tends to table his side of view on tackling a particular issue in society.
- Advertisement And Brand Promotion: Some companies see it as a valuable medium of letting their customers know about their latest product and getting product reviews from them.
- To Connect With Like-Minded People: When you write on a specific topic, it helps you gain the attention of some people who have the same thoughts as 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 Boss: Thousands of bloggers out there make a left by helping people with their day to activities.
- Freedom: Being a blogger helps you manage your daily activities how 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 to take whether you would 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, get in touch with me or leave a comment below. I’ll help you out with any problems.