Video:What is a Blog?with Don Schechter
Even if you're not very tech savvy, you've probably heard of blogs. Learn how to start a blog, and get tips on how to make your blog successful.See Transcript
Transcript:What is a Blog?Hi, I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing. Today I'll tell you about blogs. By this point, even if you're not that tech savvy, you've heard of blogs. But what are they? What is the purpose? How can you get one? Today I'll give you some answers.
Blogs, or Web LogsBlog is short for a web log. A web log is a series of chronological posts most of the time made by a single person. People write blogs for many different reasons. Mainly people write them with readers in mind, whether its to promote a business or to entertain readers in a number of different topics.
Blogs vs. WebsitesA blog is different from a website because the posts are always in chronological order and below each post is a place for readers to comment. Commenting is a huge part of why blogs have become so popular. Most websites do not allow for reader participation, whether they are for businesses or just articles. Being able to communicate directly with the person who penned the entry is a unique feature of blogging.
How to Start a BlogIf you want to start your own blog about issues or topics you are passionate about, you will need to find a blog platform or host that you can use to publish your blog. Popular platforms and programs include:
Writing Successful BlogsIf you want people to read your blog, you will have to update it pretty often. If you plan on updating once a month or once a week even, dont expect much traffic. To increase traffic, visit other blogs and post comments, adding your blog URL address so viewers might click it. You can also submit posts to social media sites like Digg.com.
Don't be discouraged if you don't get a lot of traffic right away. Keep writing and posting on your blog. It's free, and it's easy, and the best part is you can write about things that are important to you. Get comments and feedback and build community through discussions on your blog.
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