What is a blog is a question I have been asked 3 times in a couple of days.
I do ask though if you are a fellow blogger please add your comments to this conversation. Like anything we use our own jargon and forget there are many people who do not understand this world of the blogger.
So – what is a blog?
If you do a Google search at the top of the searches today was………
A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis.
Add new material to or regularly update a blog.
I had intended to copy the definition from Wikipedia but it would only confuse anyone who does not know what a blog is. So we will go with my explanation.
What is a blog?
Basically a blog is a website that is usually updated regularly and typically displayed in reverse chronological order. Meaning the most recent post (or entry) is shown first and the others follow in the reverse order to when they were written.
Usually a blog updated by one person although it is common these days for people to have guest bloggers. There are also blogs who have multiple contributors.
Most blogs allow comments from others and the blogger (person who owns the blog) will respond to the comments. There are some blogs around that do not allow comments but they are rare.
The evolution of blogging
Blogs started in the late 1990’s and started more as online diaries. You will still see blogs like that but in the main now people blog as a part of their business strategy.
My research shows that there are currently more than 100 million blogs with more starting up each day.
The Structure of a Blog Post
There is no one way to write a blog. Many bloggers use a combination of video, text and images. Some also use audio within their posts. You can visit a hundred blogs and chances are they all look different.
There are guidelines to use for basic search engine optimization (so you get found) but that is a topic of it’s own.
It suffices to say for now that the use of images is a good inclusion.
There are also differing opinions on what the length of a blog post should be. I will just say it depends. If you can say it short and sweet do that but if you need to write more to make your point then that is okay too.
What is the purpose of a blog?…. is the next question that follows from what is a blog?
Most people who blog do so as part of a business strategy. There are some people who are hobby bloggers but they are the minority.
Most bloggers are there for their personal branding online. Usually they have some other sort of business activity that they use to generate income.
Typically they may be coaches, trainers, freelance writers, network marketers or affiliate marketers…. just to name a few ways people are making money online.
Another question that follows what is a blog is often do you make money from your blog or does someone pay you?
I wish!! – that someone paid me to write posts 🙂
The answer is that many of us sell products we use from our blogs (affiliate products) but in the main the intention is to get ourselves known to sell our other services or products.
A network marketer typically wants to have a presence, deliver value so that people will want to join her/him in their business.
I am part of Empower Network and I also blog on their platform. If people join me on that platform yes I do get paid you can check that out here if you would like to join me.
Conclusion – what is a blog.
My final point on the questions what is a blog is that having a blog without other bloggers would be a hard road. The blogging community is a strong one and people support each other. If you are contemplating blogging then you should join a blogging community. Visiting other blogs is a good way to start and to learn.
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