What the heck is a blog really?

What the heck is a blog really?

What A blog really is and how to get your head around this whole blogging thing…

So what the heck is a blog anyway?

If you’re new to the blogging world, you may still be wondering what on earth a blog actually is.

And you may even feel a little embarrassed or even ashamed when others talk about blogs and you don’t
really know what they’re talking about.

Well, don’t feel bad, because I’ll now help you demystify this whole blogging thing once and for all…

The word “blog” is short for “weblog”, and it’s a term that was created for a special kind of website that essentially helps you write down a “log” of…stuff… well, anything really!

In the “old” days (just a few short years ago now) a lot of people used blogs as a type of online
journal where they could write down whatever happened in their lives, and share it with their friends and family.

And this still happens today. But, nowadays, blogs are the most popular type of website on the
internet – for both people, as well as for search engines – but more on this soon…

People now use blogs to publish content related to any and every topic you could imagine, ranging
from how to raise kids to internet marketing to personal development – in fact, almost any topic that you can conceive of.

A blog is really just a special kind of website that lets you easily publish content whenever you
want and allowing other people to interact with your content in the form of writing comments in
response to whatever you published.

So, it’s quite different from the stuffy old “static” websites that do not change their content as a general rule of thumb. Blogs are a lot more fluid and interactive than the normal “old school” websites… and much more effective too!

But why have blogs become so extremely popular in the recent past?

Well, there are at least three reasons…

a. Blogs are popular with the search engines.

Because blogs get updated with new content so often, search engines lists them very high up on
their search results. This means that blogs are likely to get more traffic than normal “static” websites because more people can find them quickly and easily in search engines like Yahoo and Google.

Now, if you were a website owner, which would you prefer? A stuffy old static website that does not
change and does not get listed in the search engines, or a vibrant ever changing interactive blog that gets listed in the major search engines?

Easy decision right?

b. Another main reason is because blogs are interactive.

Whenever you visit a blog, you can read the original post by the author of the blog, and then you can also submit a comment expressing your own thoughts on what the blog post was about.

When other people join the “conversation”, things can get very interesting, and you could end up
with a very exciting collection of thoughts from people from all over the world.

Because conversation in itself creates a bit of “drama”, people naturally get attracted to it, and want to be a part of it. And thus, the more people who do this, the faster this whole blogging thing grows.

c. And of course, blogs have got to be one of the easiest kind of websites to set up.

Believe it or not, but you don’t actually need any technical knowledge such as html programming and a
lot of money to be able to set up your own blog. If you can click a few buttons and type letters on your keyboard, that’s all you need for setting up your very own blog. And in some cases, you could even set up a new blog in a matter of minutes! They don’t cost a thing either.

But these are only three of many reasons why blogs are so popular, and there are many other reasons
as well and I’ll leave you to explore those for yourself.

So, in summary, a blog is really just a special kind of website that allows you to easily add content, and get other people from all over the world to absorb and interact with your content on the internet.

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