The 140 character twitter update has become common knowledge, by text or web you can publish a quick little thought, witty remark or titbit about what your doing. Somewhere just outside of your full attention you’ve heard the term microblogging, if twitter is micro-blogging then what is blogging?
The word blog is a portmanteau of website and log (as in Captain’s Log), usually when anyone starts saying something enough it’ll get shortened to maximize information conveyance and to save effort. (See what I did there?) so web-log was used, and eventually it was shortened to simply to one syllable; blog! Knowing the name explains a lot, a captains log is a journal of his activities aboard ship and so a blog was a website about what you are upto.
According to wikipedia it started off with one guy talking about what was going on around campus as an online diary of sorts, heres more on that article of blogging.
It was all self hosted then, certainly no social network websites like facebook or myspace, you would have to setup your server, make your pages, and if you were really good you could use a program to do it for you, and they were very hard to use compared to today’s standards.
As time does, it passed, better programs and tools became available and people not only started writing about their lives but their businesses, the first being journalists that wanted to share a story and created news blogs or j-logs (combination of journalism and blog). Soon entrepreneurs started seeing a niche for reading news as an online business and focused entire blogs and there posts around being read to generate revenue.
This practice continues today, however not all blogs are used with good intentions. There are things called splogs (spam and log) where people setup a site on Dogs for example and leave it to grab traffic from search engines to earn money from the ridiculous amounts of advertising on it.
Despite their use by the unscrupulous sort blogging has been a great source of information online, if you look at the resources section on wikipedia you’ll often see a few blogs listed. If you are really keen to learn about a subject there is more than likely a blog out there for you, finding a really good one though is quite tricky as there are so many listed online these days.
So far we’ve only looked at blogging and articles, Thursday we’ll quickly sneak past how social networking affected blogging and gave rise to microblogging.