Why Do They Call It a Blog?

My wife has asked me this question more than once, so I’m assuming others are wondering too.  “Blog” is short for “Web log” and as Wikipedia explains:

 A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts.

As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.[1]

Read everything you ever wanted to know about blogs and more (including the history and consequences) at Wikipedia.

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~ by toddbumgarner on February 6, 2008 1:22 pm.

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