If you’re already blogging, this post may come as too basic. However, if you are new and need to understand what blogging is about, you will rather find it comprehensive.
After I announced this blog for the first time, I received a handful of emails and phone calls from my older blog reader wanting me to explain the concept of blogging. It’s kind of overwhelming to start replying each mails and calls explaining the same thing over and over. On this page I have written a detailed post which I can refer to anyone that cares to know about blogging. I’m sure that will save us a great deal of time.
There are several articles online that clearly answers the question, “what is blogging?” However, I will answer the question on this blog, with quotes and links to extensive articles.
What is a blog?
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.
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. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. As of 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.
A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.
Your blog is whatever you want it to be.
In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.
Darren Rowse of Problogger.net (a well renowned blogger in the world of blogging) also defined blogging in his own style which is quite elaborate.
So what is blogging?
A blogger is a person that owns and updates a blog. Blogging is the process of writing and updating a blog. From a personal perspective, I think of blogging as a process of building a virtual presence and reaching out to people using the tool called Blog (Web Log). Companys and businesses use blogs to reach out to their customers and keep them updated on their products. Individuals use blogs to share latest information on a particular subject with their audience. Freelance professionals in a field like web designing, architecture, medical professions, copywriting, business consulting and almost any other profession, use blogs to promote their expertise and attract clients. Everyday people use blogs to share their personal thoughts which could develop into a business. Steve Pavlina of stevepavlina.com (a blog on Personal Development for Smart People) writes about his thoughts and experience on personal development. His blogs receives millions of monthly visitors and he generates unending full-time income from his personal blog. It’s just a matter of what you decide to do with a blog.
Some professional bloggers stick with one blog and build a brand around it while other pro-bloggers have more than one blog to work on.
How I got into blogging
Early 2008, I had no idea what a blog is. Apart from working on emails and surfing for information on search engines, the internet was a mystery to me. I read about blogging for the first time on a quarterly magazine by Vmobile, which I borrowed from a friend. After reading some more articles online I decided to give blogging a try.
Why I kept blogging?
Although I always desired to make money from my blog, what kept and still keeps me going with blogging is the euphoria of being able to reach out to people from different parts of the world from a simple blogging dashboard. It took me over one year before I started earning reasonable income out of it. Blogging has evolved to a profession for some people and while some bloggers make a full time living of their blog or blogs they work for, some simply blog for the love of it.
I hope this helps make the subject of blogging quite clearer. If you still have unclear issues about blogging, feel free to ask me questions using the comment form below. Also use the search engines to educate yourself as much as you care to. There are more than enough resources on blogging you can find online. I’ll still try my best to reply your question anyway.