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What is a blog?

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Blog, nowadays, is not something new.

The definition has already changed for this term. It exists everywhere on the internet.

It has been talked over and over by many bloggers on the internet.

The ‘blog’ is growing.

What is a blog?

You call it a journal, a diary, a website, a portal, an e-commerce page, or a personal resume, which is on the internet.

It has become so vast to capture anything you can imagine online.

It is everything today.

what is blogging

Consider a blog like a book which has a front matter (the first post of a blog) and a table of entries (blog posts).

It has been a decade since the blog was introduced on the internet, and it has evolved a lot. Earlier it was used as a journal online to express one’s feelings, thoughts, passions, and experiences.

The blogger can talk about anything and everything, and that too everyday.

Readers would read the blog posts and comment their own experiences or feedback. Now, it has evolved into an ideal platform just for anything online.

A blog typically enhances your brand’s image, search ranking, and web traffic on the internet.

So, what is the actual definition of a blog?

It is a collection of anything you can think of today, showcasing it online with reference to some text, images, and videos.

Let’s find out some more information on what a blog is and how does it work.

A blog is actually free.

It is not restricted to writing only a blog post, but you can also add images and videos to the blog posts to have more appeal to the reader.

The posts on the blog are usually shown in a chronological order, which keeps the readers stick to the blog. Whenever there is a new post on the blog, it would be shown on the top of the blog page.

This also lowers down the bounce rate in the eyes of Google.

If we talk about the actual definition of a blog, it’s not limited.

Look at these definitions on different websites.

a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.

a website that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks, videos, and photographs provided by the writer; also: the contents of such a site.

– Merriam Webster


 A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links.

A website, similar to an online journal, that includes chronological entries made by individuals. The word blog was derived from the combination of the word web and log. Blogs typically focus on a specific subject (Economy, entertainment news, etc.) and provide users with forums (or a comment area) to talk about each posting. Many people use blogs as they would a personal journal or diary.

– Business Dictionary


A regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

– Oxford Dictionaries


a regular record of your thoughts, opinions, or experiences that you put on the internet for other people to read

– Cambridge Dictionary


A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog”)[1] is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”).

– Wikipedia

Today, a blog is your personal branding on the internet.

Are you going to start a blog? And why?

It’s easy to start and difficult to maintain a blog.

If you have knowledge and experience in any domain you may write about it on a blog.

If you are going to start a blog you will definitely have to keep it updated. Not necessarily every day, but being consistent is the key to the success of a blog.

Blogs can be personal as well as commercial.

Personal blog example

Commercial blog examples

The internet is a huge medium. With a blog, one can reach to millions of people around the world. Click To Tweet

Answers can be communicated through blogs.

Bloggers have found so many topics and niches to discuss on a blog, it’s endless.

How does a blog work?

A blog is completely different from a website.

A website doesn’t list the posts in a chronological listing, whereas a website would have a lot more other information apart from blog posts. A website homepage can link to other website pages and not just posts.

The blog posts have links to other websites or blogs and are usually interlinked with other blog posts, containing photographs or just text.

Once indexed in search engines, people can visit your blog searching for their queries or concerns and leave a comment to communicate with you.

A blog can be a part of any website.

Let’s look at the identification of a website and a blog.

blog identification

The basic structure of a blog

The structure of a blog has changed ever since it evolved. I will talk about the basics only.

Blogging Software

It’s a complete software package hosted on a server where you manage all the sections of a blog, like posts, pages, categories, and plugins to enhance the functionality of a blog.

blog structure

Blog Theme

It’s the aesthetic look of the blog which provides the front-end styling to appeal the readers without changing any core functionality of a blog. These themes can be added, changed, managed in the blogging software backend.

It provides the functionality to change the color layout, typography settings, widget locations and layouts.

Blog Posts

This is where you add your writing and shows up on the home page in a chronological order.

Blog Pages

These pages are actually static pages and generally include content like About Us, Sitemap, Contact Us, Privacy Policy, Disclaimer, etc.

Categories

This is the way to organize your blog posts on your blog. If your reader wants to read a certain blog post then they can go to the specific category.

Content

A blog is a mixture of text with images, videos, and links to represent your blog posts to your readers.

Comments:

This is the section of a blog where readers communicate to you. Your readers can give you feedback, ask questions related to a particular blog post.

Let’s Start A Blog Then

Now, since you know what a blog is, you should start a blog. There are many resources available online to start a blog.

It’s easy in fact.

You can create a blog for free as well.

Just create an account on one of the platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Weebly, Wix, Typepad, LiveJournal, and any other platforms available online.

However, to show up yourself as a professional blogger, I will recommend getting your own blog personally. To become a brand, you have to buy it. 

And, it’s wise to buy a brand.

Get a domain name and buy a hosting to host your domain.

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