Hello and a hearty welcome to you my dear friend and reader. In the coming weeks and months, you will be reading a lot about blog and blogging from me. But before I get started with that I thought it might be better I started with a little history before diving into further explanation on the entire concept behind blogging.
Though it might sound surprising to you but it is a fact that a lot of Internet users and blog owners do not have a good understanding of what a “blog” is. Before I go on to explain all that in my next article, I want you to know that you are looking at a blog and you can start a blog right after reading this article.
Wait a minutes, did I say you are looking at a blog and that you can start one right after reading this article. Sorry I meant to say you can start one right away and am dead Serious. All you need do now is go to any of the blog publishing platform such as Blogger, Open Diary, WordPress, LiveJournal. Follow the instructions on their site and you will have your blog up in just a few minutes.
That simple …But before you do that I will advice you read through this article.
Most blogs are maintained by people who know little to nothing about website design or development. I am one of such people, if not that I started paying some attention to it recently and from the look of things, I don’t think am going to be giving it all the attention it demands at least not for now. You don’t really have to, unless you are considering becoming a professional web designer.
A lot of definitions on blog and blogging can be found on the internet as well as in most web base books and I would have preferred to just provide a link to any of the site that has actually done justice to the subject in question but I decided to do a proper write up on the definition and meaning of a blog myself.
That because the subject in question is a social phenomenon and bearing in mind that this is 2008 and in the next 31 days it will be 2009. It won’t be fine to leave it to past definitions knowing that things change fast in our world and with the internet it’s even faster. So I will advice you watch out for the article.
Here in Nigeria, blog and blogging is just becoming popular though it is already a huge Internet phenomenon with other parts of the world. I think we will catch up, if we jump at it with a good knowledge of what it is and what we can do with it.
Enough of all this talk…let go straight to the purpose of today’s article.
A little history about blog and blogging.
I am not a good student of “the four walls system” not to talk of being good at history. So I am only going to tell you what you just need to know and save my time and yours from all the details.
Blog and blogging gained popularity somewhere within the late 1990s, back before then creating websites wasn’t easy. You need to have knowledge of HTML (a coding language which stands for HyperText Markup Language) before you can have a website up. We don’t actually see these codes when viewing a website.
This might sound a little technical especially if you no little to nothing on blog and website design. But don’t even let it bother you, I will try and make you catch up as fast as possible. For instance, this web page you are viewing or reading at the moment was made possible with the aid of HTML code. I am going to briefly explain that below.
Take a look at your Web browser’s menu, click on view, within the drop down menu it will presents to you, look for an item that is either written as “view page source” or “page source” or anything close to that depending on your Web browser, click on it and you will see what codes look like. This is what actually defines how every Web page looks and how it interacts with every other web page. Without these codes I don’t know whatelse would have been done to make the World Wide Web a reality.
Hope you got that?
Now, imagine you will have to learn how to code before you can actually put up any site, you might not just be willing to go through the learning process and that might hinder you from putting up a site and if you must, your only option would be to pay someone who knows how the web works to do the job for you.
Although, HTML code is not the most difficult coding language, I personally find the whole coding thing to be time and energy consuming and this is likewise true for many others. Like I said before, publishing website before the late 1990s was left for people who were very tech-savvy but all that is history today. Thanks to the early programmers who made it possible .
With available tools like Blogger and WordPress, you can go on to publish a Website (blog), just by filling the blank field provide by any of these web publishing platform. Rather than having to code each page, you would just write what you want published by filling the blank field for the title and body, after which you hit publish, the software would simply do the rest.
What used to take a lot of money, time and energy can now be done within minutes with less stress and with little or no investment.
So far, so good that is the little I think I can share with you but if you choose to know more than what is written here on the history of blogs, you can as well Google it and read as much as you want.
Stay motivated and keep blogging.