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What is a Blog
Shortly after announcing BlogMeister yesterday, I received a message from an educator who asked that I send her a "great definition" of blog. Well I don't know of any great definitions, but I responded with the following explanation that comes from my limited understand of the art of the blog.
The problem with defining a blog is that it has evolved into several things over the past few years, not the least of which is the phenomenal influence that its application had on the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign. There are really three arenas within which blogs might be defined.
|Number 1:||A blog is a web publishing concept that enables anyone -- first graders, political pundits, homeless people, high school principals, presidential candidates -- to publish information on the Internet.|
|Number 2:||Blogs (a shortening of weB LOG), or blogging has become a journalistic tool, a way to publish news, ideas, rants, announcements, and ponderings very quickly, and without technical, editorial, and time constraints. It essentially makes anyone a columnist. In fact, many established columnists now publish their own blogs.|
|Number 3:||Blogs, because of their ease of use, and because of the context of news and editorial column writing, have become a highly effective way to help students to become better writers. Research has long shown that students write more, write in greater detail, and take greater care with spelling, grammar, and punctuation, when they are writing to an authentic audience over the Internet.|
Essentially, you click a couple of web buttons, type or paste in your article, click submit, and you have published your information. Blogs are usually arranged by date, and typically have a calendar layout with identified blogging dates, and a listing of articles.
Many blogs have commenting features, where readers can post their responses to the articles they read. In this way, a blog can be seen as a conversation or discussion, though online forums or discussion boards are a better application if discussion is what you want.
You can click the View EdBlog Sites link at the top of the BlogMeister front page. This will list web links that come from my PiNet library. Here is another link that I just found on a friends web site in Hong Kong.
• Blogging 101 - http://www.unc.edu/~zuiker/blogging101/
Article posted December 17, 2004 at 07:42 AM •
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