The word “Blog” is the short form of “Web Log”, which is a log of the ideas or thoughts of a person (or group of persons) on the web. Hence, the name “Weblog“, which is generally referred to as a blog.
The owner of a blog is referred to as a blogger, and he/she is responsible for writing to the blog. In a case in which multiple users are responsible for writing to a blog, each person in that group is also referred to as a blogger.
When a blogger writes to a blog, whatever he/she writes is referred to as a post. A post may consist of different types of media, which may be text, image, audio or video.
There are different types of blogs as well depending on who is posting and the quantity of information that is posted.
- Personal Blog: This is usually run by a single person and the person posts his/her thoughts/ideas/knowledge on the blog. Examples of these are Techrammer (that you are on at the moment), Linda Ikeji, OgbongeBlog. etc.
- Microblogging: This involves posting little pieces of information most of the time (it may be large sometimes). Examples of such are Twitter and Facebook.
- Corporate Blogs: This is usually run by corporate organisations, and more often than not talks about the products/services of the organisation.
- Genre-Focused/Niche-Focused Blog: Many blogs are usually focused on a particular niche/genre/subject. A blog can be focused on entertainment gists, technology, health, politics, sports and so on. (Techrammer for example is focused on technology).
Running a blog has its good sides and bad sides. For example, you can generate income from a blog. You can use it to establish yourself as an authority in your field. Depending on what you write about, you may also get into trouble with some people that may not like what you are writing about. Some people have lost their jobs because of what they wrote on their blogs.
I decided to write this post to help you understand what a blog really is because it seems to be an over-used term these days.