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Saturday, October 15, 2005

What is a Blog?

What is a blog? There appears to be many on-going discussions, debates and definitions over this word. Does such a simple thing as a word become a complicated and clouded issue? It’s was a buzzword placed on a form of communication that a great deal of people are now accepting and utilizing as a real word in our living language.

A blog is a journal, a dairy, a news report, a forum, a discussion, a statement, an interactive den, a place to visit, a place for fun, a place to laugh, a place to ridicule, a place to leer, a place to be suspicious, a place to meet people, a place to question, a place to start movements, a place to debate, a place for prose, a place for presentation, a collaboration, a political movement and just a place to electronically communicate any way you desire. I guess I could go on forever with a list since it can encompass anything.

Definition as listed over at free dictionary for:
web – “6. Often Web The World Wide Web.
log – “4. A record, as of the performance of a machine or the progress of an undertaking: a computer log; a trip log.

Blog was derived from the words web log and now for short blog.
The definition of a blog at free dictionary is:
To write entries in, add material to, or maintain a weblog.

Is a newspaper a blog? Is a web page with dated entries a blog? Is a running sheet of news events a blog? Is a running set of commentary a blog? Sure, they can all be blogs.

IMHO, it’s a name for electronically published pages that someone can utilize, own and operate. It is the citizen’s media, a citizen’s therapy, and a citizen’s power. Maybe above all what a blog means to me is the public’s awareness that they now have at their disposal a public forum to speak and communicate too much of the world. Blogs are a low cost means of communications and publications for the masses. Owning your own Newspaper or Magazine in the past was expensive cumbersome and time consuming. Now, in the electronic and blogging age the expenses have been curbed extensively, cumbersome is becoming usable and time consuming it can still be.

I don’t think I’m going to worry too much if something is a blog or not. If you want to call it a blog feel free to do so!

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