Here is a basic beginner’s guide to blogging, terms, and uses. Maybe it is time for YOU to start a blog!
What is a blog?
A blog is basically an online journal wherein you can digitally pen down your thoughts, ideas, opinions and practically anything that you want people to read. Blogs come in different styles, formats, and settings, depending on the preference of the creator. Many blogging sites offer built-in features such as a hyperlink, straight texts, pictures etc. Some blogging sites even allow you to put video and mp3’s on your blog.
Instead of writing text, some bloggers choose to make their blogs more audio-friendly by using spoken word entries. This is called audio blogging. You may have also heard of video blogging, or vlogging.
Basically, a blog post contains these features:
title- which allows you to label your post
body- this is the content of your post
trackback- other sites can be linked back to your blog
permanent link- every article that you write has its own unique URL
comments- this allow readers to post comments on your blog.
How do I get started?
One of the advantages of blogging is that it is made of only a few templates, unlike other websites that are made up of numerous individual pages. This makes it easier for bloggers to create new pages because it already has a fixed setting that includes designated slots for title, a body of the post, category, etc. This is especially useful for first-time users. They can choose from a number of templates that blogging websites provide and get started right away.
Anyone who wants to start a blog can do so by becoming a member of a blogging website of their choice. Once they’ve become members, they automatically become a part of that particular blogging community. They can browse through other bloggers pages and link them back to their own blogs. They can also make comments on other members’ blogs.
Why start a blog?
Blogging is not just limited to personal usage. There are a ton of blogs that follow a theme such as sports, politics, philosophy, social commentary, etc. These blogs shed light on currents issues, events, news, and information. This way blogging becomes a medium in which people can share their knowledge and opinions about a variety of themes and topics.
Nowadays in education, blogs also play an important part. Professors use blogging to document the lessons they discussed and taught. This way, students who have missed classes can easily catch up with their assignments.
Some bloggers even use their blogs as a means to advertise. A lot of entrepreneurs benefit from blogging by promoting their businesses on their blogs. With millions and millions of people logging onto the net every day, blogging has become a lucrative move. Some bloggers who run online businesses promote their merchandise online. Others profit through running advertisements on their site.
By far, the most popular blog type is the one that takes the form of a personal journal. This is the kind that is usually used by first-time bloggers. Individuals who want to document the daily struggle of their everyday lives, poems, rants, opinions, personal victories, etc find that blogging offers them a medium through which to express themselves.
The Blogging Community
Bloggers usually communicate amongst themselves. This is one of the appeals of blogging. It creates a community of people sharing their ideas, thoughts, and comments with each other.
Blogs varying in topics, themes, and set-ups, can be found in blog directories. First-time users who want to get an idea of what the blogging world is all about can browse through a number of blogs using these directories. This way they can get an idea of what these blogging communities are like.
Blogging is popular all over the world. ‘Blog’ is short for the term weblog. There are no rules when it comes to blogging. Bloggers have the freedom to express themselves however way they want, and the best thing about blogging is that most blogging sites are free!
Search any blogging directory and you’ll find a listing of different blogging sites that are available on the net. It’s easy to search a blogging directory because it is organized according to the category. This way you can get exactly what you are looking for. Blogging is really for everyone. It is fun, simple and easy.
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