What is a Blog? by Shannon Penrod

 by Shannon Penrod

Many of you already read and subscribe to our blog, but when we asked a few of our staff  at Motherhood Incorporated about blogs, many could not answer beyond — it’s stuff you read on the web.  So I decided to put a few thoughts down about blogs, what they are and what they have in common.

A blog is a frequently updated, personal website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites. Blogs can be used to share information or just comment on the world events. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.

Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as parenting, relationships, sports or politics. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to all types of other sites and just a place for someone to express themselves – their likes and dislikes in a web form media. Others are more like personal journals, presenting the author’s daily life and thoughts.

Blogs usually have a few things in common:

  • A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top.
  • Articles are often are organized into categories.
  • An archive of older articles.
  • A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
  • A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a “blogroll”.
  • One or more “feeds” like RSS, Atom or RDF files. 
  • A calendar

What you choose to put on your blog is entirely up to you. You can use a blog offered free or you can design your own. What’s most important about a blog is that it is a reflection of you or your company.

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