What is a blog? Before I give my working definition of what a blog is, let’s take a look at how blog has been defined by other top site. This will surely help your understanding of blogs.
Here are a few definitions by other top site.
A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.
Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.
In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.
As defined by wordpress;
“Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is a frequently updated, personal website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.
According to wikipedia;
A blog (a contraction of the term “Web log”) is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.
A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.” Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in chronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominently.
Here are another set of definitions from marketingprofs.
A form of unedited, authentic self-expression
An instant publishing tool
An online journal with freshly updated content
Something that will revolutionize the Web (think RSS feeds)
A way to create community with your voters, er… readers (think 2,200 comments posted to the Dean for America blog in one day) …”
To read more visit, Top 20 Definitions of Blogging.
Finally, a blog has traditionally been a journal or diary with dated entries, made available on the Internet by any individual or group of individuals.
Although, the above definations are true characteristics of a blog. We can not completely leave it at that. Why? Like I said in my previous article, things change fast in our world, blogs are no exceptions. Find out more about this changing phenomenon in my next article.