what is a Blog?

by Madeline Laughs
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It would seem to be a silly question, at first. However, not many people even know what a blog is.

According to some of our most expert definers, a blog is…

From Wikipedia:

“A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are 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.

Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.

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 of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (video blogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.

As of 16 February 2011 (2011 -02-16), there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.” 

From Dictionary.com:

“blog

/blɔg, blɒg/ Show Spelled [blawg, blog] Show IPA noun, verb, blogged, blog·ging.

–noun

1. a web site containing the writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other Web sites.

–verb (used without object)

2.to maintain or add new entries to a blog.

—Related forms
blogger, noun”

Of course, blogs can be just about anything to the person managing and writing it. Though I believe they did start out as online personal journals, blogs have evolved considerably over the years. In fact, when you perform a Google search now, most of the referring sites are for online blogs. Many experts in their fields are actively blogging.

People blog about everything from celebrities to recipes. They are online sharing their experiences with domestic violence and cancer treatments. They talk about business ventures and business failures. Blogging is a way to own a piece of cyber real estate where you are the boss. You can express yourself any way you wish and the only cost is the price of an Internet connection. There is no censorship and people have the choice to participate by commenting, or not. There’s no pressure to be a part of anyone elses experience. The only other place in the world I’ve ever been that offers the same kind of freedom of expression is Burning Man.

What is this blog?

The overall description is a place where folks can come to tell their side of the story. But there’s more beneath the surface if you just scratch around a bit.

The one thing we both agreed on when we started this blog was it’s ability to open a door for anyone interested in telling their own story. We were both sick of bullies and we were tired of the bullies in this world always having the last word. So we made a spot where someone less inclined to fight back might feel safe sharing their side of the story. You be surprised just how much better you feel once you get it out.

The mere act of outing a bully gives them less control over how they make you feel. Getting them out of your head and hitting Publish allows you to free that space for something a bit more worthwhile. In many ways, it’s therapeutic to be able to put those feelings and those memories to bed some place besides your mind. You can let it all go here.

You see, how a bully makes you feel, what a bully does to make you miserable, has little to do with what they’re actually *doing*. How you react and how you live your life is what you need to be most concerned with. If you change that one reaction into something positive, a bully loses their power over you. Bullies are basically powerless anyway. Their only means of juice is watching you cower and cringe every time they open their mouths. Don’t concern yourself with the lies they tell your friends or the names they call you behind your back. Your real friends will never listen to them. And the people that do listen to them aren’t worth your time anyway.

I asked one of my friends recently if she had been following our blog and she said no. She said our blog reminded her of Fox News. I then asked her if she watched Fox News and she said no. She said Fox News was just a bunch of other people’s opinions. Well…okay then.

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About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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10 Responses to what is a Blog?

  1. Regyna Longlank says:

    I find other people’s opinions fascinating, particularly when they don’t agree with mine. If they are able to articulate their points well and help me to see things another way it can be truly educational. Core values don’t shift much, but understanding why someone else feels the way they do, even if it is different from us, is how we grow. Question everything!

    Blogs have also become a source of first hand information and investigative journalism. I am not alone in turning to the internet for breaking news. Twitter is a much better resource than most news outlets for finding out what is actually happening worldwide. Googling for a variety of sources and then getting an overall viewpoint gives a very different picture than just listening to American mainstream media.

    I don’t pretend to be a real journalist, but not all of this is opinion my friend. This is human observation through a lens of real. Breaking news from the forefront of the human experience. I am just telling it like I see it, and I invite you good people out there reading this to do the same.

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  4. @Madelaine:

    Thanks for including a link to us in your article. The Photoblog Alliance is a collaborative photo blog with contributors from all over the world. Our purposes are a little more commercial in nature, but we believe that sharing helps everyone out. That’s why the site was created. It’s been a great success and I hope that your blog is, too. Keep plugging away. People want to contribute to something big, so stay with it. Thanks again!

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  5. @Madelaine:

    Thanks for including a link to us in your article. The Photoblog Alliance is a collaborative photo blog with contributors from all over the world. Our purposes are a little more commercial in nature, but we believe that sharing helps everyone out. That’s why the site was created. It’s been a great success and I hope that your blog is, too. Keep plugging away. People want to contribute to something big, so stay with it. Thanks again!

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  8. Manoj says:

    About me blog is a short but most expression view of thinking by a person. It may be a one line writing or long description may be video or photo visual.

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