Welcome to Bivori ‘How to Blog’ series of posts. I believe this series will be useful for those who want to learn creating your own blog. Do you really want to create your own blog?
The posts of this series will be published every Sunday. I will discuss about blogging from very basic concept and gradually proceed up to the optimizing, promoting and monetizing blogs.
Throughout the course, we’ll see different tools and learn what and how to use them to grow your blog as an online business. Yes you can make money with your blog! You should earn from your blog, right?
Today in this post, I will discuss about ‘What is a blog’ with some established definitions and the views from my fellow bloggers. Let’s see what they think a blog and blogging is! This will help you to clarify yourself and inspire to take actions.
What is a blog?
Well, the term has been a ‘over used term’ and we rarely think what in fact is a blog. In internet we’ve seen many blogs and now you are interested to create your own. But did you ever try to find what a blog is anyway?
#1. Darren Rose defines blog as:
“a blog is a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘post’ (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom…
Blogs are usually written by one person and are updated pretty regularly. Blogs are often written on a particular topic – there are blogs on virtually any topic you can think of. From photography, to spirituality, to recipes, to personal diaries to hobbies – blogging has as many applications and varieties as you can imagine.
Whole blog communities have sprung up around some of these topics putting people into contact with each other in relationships where they can learn, share ideas, make friends with and even do business with people with similar interests from around the world.” –problogger.net.
Okay, that was pretty useful to understand what a blog is.
Well, right at this moment, I’d like to offer a bit introduction about Daren himself. Darren is a full time Blogger making a living from blogs like Digital Photography School and TwiTip – Twitter Tips. He says “In 2002 I stumbled upon an article about ‘Blogging’. I didn’t know it at the time but that moment changed my life.”
Pretty inspiring, isn’t it? He is making a living from blogs!
Why I mentioned Daren? Straight – to inspire you. Seeing somebody successful in a field, we are inspired and inclined to work harder, isn’t it?
Back to the topic, we were trying to answer the question ‘what is a blog?’. Daren points out some important aspects of blog – a type of website, chronological order (recent posts at the top), personal in nature, can be on any topic, diverse applications and varieties and so on. The purpose can be to learn, share ideas, make friends and most importantly do business with people with similar interests from around the world!
That was a successful blogger’s definition to a blog.
#2. Lets see what the academics say about blog. Following is how Wikipedia defines a blog:
“is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often were themed on a single subject. More recently “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, interest groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic.” –wikiepdia
#3. Google’s blogging platform ‘Bloggers‘ says “a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not…Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.”
#4. Another most popular blogging platform WordPress defines blog as:”a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.”
By now, after looking into these definitions from all these blogging resources, we came into the conclusion. You must be able to distinguish a blog from regular websites, can’t you?
How a blog is different than regular websites?
I hope by now, you should be able to realize the difference between blogs and websites. However, please note following points:
- Websites are static by nature but blogs are dynamic: We don’t expect much updates and modifications in websites but blogs are regularly updated. So, a blog can be compared with magazines and websites with books!
- Blogs are organized chronologically by date whereas websites are organized hierarchical by content they need to present.
- Blogs have comment system, RSS system and home page lists most recent posts. Websites do not have these features
What is a blog for today’s popular bloggers?
When I planned about this post, I asked some of today’s popular bloggers whom I follow and are very influential bloggers. I’m presenting their response to my questions.
These are today’s active bloggers and following them immediately is well worth. Visit their blogs, subscribe to their list and add them in your contacts. There will be lot more to learn from them.
I’ve presented the responses here in the order I received response. They are NOT sorted based on how much influential they are.
My questions were:
What is blogging for you
Chitraparna Sinha: ”I am a content developer so blogging to me isa revenue model where I earn through my work. It is an “extension” of my profession as a writer. Apart from this, blogging is also a way to network with other bloggers and participate in this peculoarly trendy global phenomenon.” –
Nile Flores: Blogging is a way I can share my knowledge and also engage with others online. I love meeting new people and hearing their ideas. Blogging can be a tool for learning and teaching, so that ‘give-and-receive’ concept appeals to my thirst for knowledge and social engagement.
Ileane Smith: When I first started blogging after a few months I started using this tagline – I’m here to learn, to teach and to connect. I still feel that way about blogging and the longer I blog, the more I believe that tagline.
What is a blog?
A blog is any system where you are updating information regularly, and allowing for two way conversations. Technically anything running on a certain system is a blog (Blogger, WordPress) but the term blog to me means articles with opinions, user personality rather than just carbon copy news articles.
Previously, blog was a ‘journal’, now its more of a ‘business model’, an extension of any kind of online / offline business.
A blog is a means to share your experience with the world, no matter what topic it may be, no matter how controversial, and no matter who you may be.
To put it quite simply a blog is a platform. You can use it to communicate your message to the world.
Can you give short introduction of a blogger with whom you are inspired and influenced. Why you started blogging?
Damien Riley (damienriley.org) was the first blogger I met online through SocialSpark when I knew very little about blogging, he took the time to help show me how to optimize blogs, helped shape my thoughts around content quality, purpose of content and how to monetize and see ROI from blogs.
I started blogging not because of this guy BUT I am very influenced by him – Zac Johnson of BloggingTips.com. He’s just amazing. A super affiliate, a down-to-earth person & an exceptional entrepreneur.
I was a guest blogger to a site who used to read my Facebook post regular and he got this idea that I should write so I used to send him some of the stuff which he liked so much and some of it created quite controversy also which gave him a good number of readers. but he could not post all of what I used to send. Then I realized I can write and think of writing my childhood memories which I always wanted to write as a child. Did not know it will make me popular blogger.
I was not influenced by any bloggers when I started. I started blogging way before it became popular, and even before WordPress or b2 existed. Anyone into blogging at the time were using other blog platforms or content management systems, or were manually blogging. Manually blogging means that each entry was hand coded in HTML or PHP and often the comment system was a third party service.
I started websites for my top ten Yahoo! Clubs. I owned 3 of the top 10 ever to exist before the merger of eGroups and Yahoo! Clubs, which we all know today as Yahoo! Groups. Larger clubs equaled a lot of spam and I had to make a way for people to be able to contact each other that were truly interested in engaging with others.
I then decided on using my own site, which was on Geocities (yes, funny, right?) and posted my short stories and poetry. I then started dabbling in graphic design and sharing that. Afterwards, I started writing my daily ongoings and even some web design and graphic tutorials.
I eventually ended up on b2 because I was tired of using Geocities as it was limiting and I was getting way too much traffic that sometimes my site was down.
I found once I got on b2, which was early on, that there were not many people teaching how to use it, and I decided to learn b2 and share my experience with others. Of course, b2 was eventually forked over to WordPress, and I have since moved my site through several domains and now at Blondish.net. I still help others and many successful bloggers tell me that I have inspired them, is both an honor and humbling.
Karen Woodham from Blazing Minds has always inspired me. I love that she is always kind and thoughtful and she’s also very talented musically. I remember when she would blog about anything and really didn’t have a niche blog so to speak. As time went by she experimented with all sorts of ideas but she always managed to maintain her unique outlook on the blogosphere. She does movie reviews these days but still manages to connect with her audience on a deeper level by sharing personal stories every now and then. She is also a bit of a celebrity these days, but she stays grounded and I think she is an awesome role model.
So, you want to create your own blog?
You learned a blog can be about anything and there are no real rules. You saw how a blog means different thing to different bloggers. You also can write about your own experience, findings and views to share it with your friends, family and the whole world. Shhhhh….! and earn some money from blogging shhh….
Creating your own blog is not a hard job these days, and really requires no coding skills (you’ll be comfortable to customize to extreme extent if you know some coding though) or particular technical know how.
We’ve got some awesome blogging platforms to create your blog in a few clicks, almost ready to go public within few minutes. All you need is your own voice on any particular topic of your interest.
Now, what about the money required to create your own blog? The answer is – you can start with completely free options or purchase different components gradually as you grow. I will talk about blogging platforms and what do you need to host your own website in my coming post.
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