November 16, 2010
by Catherine Wilson, Editor
According to Wikipedia, a blog is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject…a typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.
To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Considering there are 133 million blogs on the Internet, give or take a few, to blog seems to be the answer!
What makes a blog great? Chris from Performancing.com listed these traits:
From The State of the Blogosphere by Technorati via the Search Engine Journal, some fascinating figures:
Some of the medium’s more extreme evangelists claim blogging will replace traditional media by putting the power of the press in the hands of the ordinary citizen…not likely. There’s a reason we’re called ‘ordinary’. Blogging is no fad, no phenomenon. It is revolutionary. It is changing the way we do business, interact with others, follow politics, participate in pastimes.
Business blogs are as credible and professional, as useful and influential as you make them.
The rest is just noise… DPM
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