Everyone talks about blogging. According to SoftwareFindr, there are some 500 million online. But what is a blog? And how does blogging work? Have you ever stopped and given it some thought?
Wondered what they really are? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Get set to explore everything about blogging in this 101 guide, what is a blog post and what is blogging used for. And no it’s not just for rabbiting on about your personal life…
Plus there’s that one BIG question. How do beginner bloggers make money…
What Is A Blog?
The low-down on everything blogging related. All the questions you’re dying to ask. Why, how, want’s the point and is it worth it. Honest answers without the BS:
What Exactly Is A Blog?
Simply put it’s a version of a website. A type of website that organizes content in the form of categories and posts. The posts are presented in reverse chronological order. That means your latest post goes to the top of the pile.
A blog (just like a website), also has pages, so you have two different systems for organising your information.
Pages are used for static information that the owner expects you to reference frequently, such as the “About” or “Contact” pages.
In contrast, posts may have a shorter life span. Posts written several months or years ago may no longer be topical. The content evolves over time. It’s like producing a magazine in daily or weekly installments.
The boundaries between blogging and websites are murky… although all blogs are a type of website, not all websites will have one.
How Did Blogging Start?
It all started as online journals or personal diaries. It was a way for individuals to share information. The first ever was Links.net created by Justin Hall in 1994.
At the time it wasn’t called a blog, just a personal homepage.
It was 1997 when the term “weblog” started to be used and this was shortened to blog a couple of years later. The platform Blogger arrived in 1999 and it started to take off big time.
Blogging was rapidly adopted by journalists, politicians… anyone who wanted to share their views with a wider audience.
Fast forward to the present day and almost 50% of all sites are still run as hobbies. Yet there’s an increasing number of people posting to make money online, or businesses who use them to drive traffic to their websites.