Blogging has entered a realm of its own, from fad to industry. People are entering the blogosphere daily, thousands every day. I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and had no clue I was doing it. It was called “online journaling” and some called it “web diaries” or “blithering idiots writing on the Internet”. I tried not to blither, but I just did what I knew and now am known for what I did and continue to do: blog.
The evolution from website to blog changes how people communicate. Let’s look at some of the development of blogs and help you learn more about blogging and how to blog.
What’s The Difference Between a Website and a Blog
A website is a collection of web pages on a server. It is a form of a static billboard on the Internet that showcases information. There is more to the definition, but for our needs, this is good enough. A website can be a collection of articles, news, links, information, photographs, and anything you want. And a website can even host a blog!
A blog is a website or part of a website that usually features one or more of the following criteria:
- Editorial Commentary
- Links to external sites, often seen as recommendations
- May, or may not, be factual
- Tells stories
- Usually about a specific topic, subject, or genre
- Tends to be opinionated and personal
- Could be considered “newsy” rather than “news”
- Comments and interaction with the audience
- Photographs of you and your activities
- At one time, a blog would have been called a diary, journal, scrapbook, or storytelling. Which brings us back to the term website.
Many people differentiate a blog from a website. A website is “serious information” while a blog is “not so serious”. A website has facts, figures, articles, and educational materials. A blog has a bunch of links, talk, and comments, as well as facts, figures, articles, and educational materials.
Truth is, a blog is a website, but the terminology is changing to differentiate between a no- or semi-interactive website and the magic that compels thought and interaction with a blog.
Blogging Programs, Tools, and Platforms
The software that drives the different web elements also features different names like blogging programs, blogging tools, blogging platforms, and blogging services. For the most part, they are all the same thing.
Graphic of dynamic web page generationIn the past, websites were created with static code that displayed the content and design elements to make it look pretty. With the development of CMS (Content Management Systems) and blogging programs like WordPress, a powerful blogging tool with massive plugins and add-ons, as well as flexibility to also be a CMS, the line is being crossed between websites and blogs.
Blogs are usually run by blogging tools or programs on the web which input information you supply through the blog interface, on WordPress known as the Administration Panels, into a database. The program and WordPress Themes (blog designs) send commands to the database to collecting information and publish it as web pages on your site. Depending upon those commands, each page viewed on your blog may look different or have different content. Thus, blogs are often referred to as dynamic content generators compared to the old static content websites.
Basically, a blogging program like WordPress, or its free hosting blog service, WordPress.com, makes it simple and easy to write articles and posts on your blog and does all the work for you. All you do is a just blog.
So, why should you consider blogging?