What is Blog? What is Blogging?

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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?



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John Doe $1 Because that’s all Steve Jobs needed for a salary.
Jane Doe $100K For all the blogging she does.
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Jane Bloggs $100B With hair like that?! Enough said…
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Smith John jsmith@gmail.com $50.00 http://www.jsmith.com
Bach Frank fbach@yahoo.com $50.00 http://www.frank.com
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Do It Live
I’ll let Bill O’Reilly will explain this one.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro review

Big, bigger, biggest

If you’ve owned or touched a Samsung device in the last several years, there’s nothing surprising about the Note Pro. It’s as if someone stood in a lab in South Korea, grabbed the edges of the Galaxy Note 3, and stretched. And then kept stretching: the resulting slate is 1.6 pounds, 11.6 inches wide and 8 inches tall, and it’s one of the largest tablets I’ve ever held. (The Toshiba Excite 13 still holds the title, barely.) It’s remarkably thin, though, at just 8 millimeters. It’s made of Samsung’s traditional plastic, in blue or white, with a chromed edge that looks metallic but feels as cheap as it is. Mercifully, though, Samsung has continued to eschew its glossy, greasy back for a faux-stitched faux-leather covering that sounds like a terrible idea, but looks okay and feels great. Samsung never used to pay attention to how your fingers feel as they rest on the underside of the tablet, and this change makes a huge difference.

The Note Pro is meant to be used in exactly one way: landscape mode. Reading in portrait looks ridiculous, and the device starts to tip out of my hands as soon as I grip it from the bottom. The physical home button sits on the bottom as I hold it in landscape, flanked by multitasking and back keys; the loud stereo speakers blast audio from both sides; and the camera actually faces me and not somewhere over my right shoulder. It’s meant to be used flat on a desk, too, or cradled by your elbow, since it’s virtually impossible to hold in one hand and only slightly more stable in two.

Its sheer size makes it a great way to show something to a co-worker or client, but too big for almost anything else. I often lie in bed, on my back with a tablet held above my face while I watch TV shows before going to sleep. The Note Pro all but blocked my entire vision, was so bright it left me seeing spots, and tired my arms out pretty quickly. Playing Asphalt 8: Airborne gave me a headache, the frenetic game jittering so large so close. It’s essentially like holding a television two feet in front of my face.

The screen itself is quite good, a 12.2-inch, 2560 x 1600 panel with great colors and viewing angles. But I can’t help wondering if Samsung could or should have done better. The Note 10.1 has the same resolution in a smaller display, and side by side with the Pro is noticeably sharper. The Pro is so designed around its screen, and its best features improve with every available pixel, that something even higher-res would have helped make the Pro worth its $749.99 sticker price. As it is, bigger doesn’t add anything: you’re getting larger icons and bigger text, not more pixels to work with.

And above all, that’s what Samsung’s trying to do with the Note Pro: give businesses something to work with.

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