What is a blog?

My husband and I were having a discussion this evening about blogging. He has been blogging for a little while now but has been reading blogs regularly for about a year. He says that a blog is a record of things one finds on the web and comments on. When I look at technorati’s 100 top blogs (http://www.technorati.com/live/top100.html), I see that they are rated on the basis of numbers of links and numbers of sources. This would tend to support his view of blogs.

When I look at Wikipedia’s definition of a blog (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog), though, I see that it includes everything from online diaries to the kind of blogs technorati is talking about to corporate and political blogs.

So my question is this: What is a blog, really? Is it one certain kind of thing or is it open to each person’s interpretation? Are there rules that I don’t know yet or is it pretty free-form? These are only some of the questions I hope to answer as we move through this course.

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4 thoughts on “What is a blog?

  1. Nathan Lowell says:

    Let me ask you this.

    What is television?

    Is it a news program? Or a drama? Does it deal with social issues? Perhaps it’s a private communication between home office and the branch? It can be all those things because television isn’t a product. It’s a process.

    Likewise a blog isn’t a kind of content, it’s a method of communication. What sets it apart from other channels is that the barrier to entry — that is, the ability to have a voice in the media stream — is low enough that almost anybody (including homeless people) can participate.

    I believe that defining blogs in terms of content — diary, journalism, commentary, literature — misses the essential nature of blogs as medium.

  2. Nancy McKeand says:

    Thanks, Nathan! That’s kind of what I thought, but I wasn’t really sure. And I like the analogy to television — something we all know and love?

  3. Blogger's Bits of Stuff says:

    Hello there:

    Thanks for your comments! You asked what a blog is.

    It seems to me that the best answer was given by Barbara Dieu, Buthaina Al Othman,Teresa Almeida d’ Eça in their BelNATE PPP : ‘A blog is what YOU want it to be’.

    Check out Bee’s Blog, and then click on ” We blog. What about you? “

  4. Ale W says:

    I quite agree with what Anne Davis said today … the possibilities of blogs are unlimited … even if you think only of bloggging in TEFL there’s so much that can be done … I think it is basically related to one’s creativity …

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