The Blog that be

I’ve been blog hopping in the past couple of days now and I’ve seen a plethora of distinctive creativity, opinion and personality. I wouldn’t say it was overwhelming, but it was astounding see an unending stream of blogs coming my way. Free Expression gone haywire! I know Blogs have been popular for a while now, an in-thing for the frustrated writer and the limitless artist. I want to understand this “thing” I got myself into…

A Short Humdrum Lesson: Blogging 101

By definition, A Blog is a frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts, ideas and Web links. A blog is often a mixture of what is happening in a person's life and what is happening on the Web, a kind of hybrid diary/guide site, although there are as many unique types of blogs as there are people. People maintained blogs around 1994, long before the term was coined, but the trend gained momentum with the introduction of automated published systems, most notably Blogger at blogger.com (of course! LOL!). Thousands of people use services such as Blogger to simplify and accelerate the publishing process.

Blogs are alternatively called web logs or weblogs. The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz. He broke the word weblog into the phrase "we blog" in the sidebar of his weblog in April or May of 1999. Blogging was slow at first but gained popularity around 1999 onwards. (YAWN…)

Blogging gave voice to people whom just a decade ago, you never would have heard from. Recently, lots of themed blogs began to appear. There are war blogs, peace blogs, food blogs, crude blogs, humor blogs, culture blogs to occupy your day. Geek blogs, freak blogs, teen blogs, mean blogs, fanaticals and radicals who like to rant away. Worker bees and histories, punditry and poetry, diversity, adversity and spicy verbal play. Optimists, pessimists, enthusiasts and hobbyists, journalists and journal-ists with something big to say.

Blogging can be a catharsis. It's an outlet on so many levels, for the frustrated, the disenchanted, the amateur or professional writer, the wildly prolific, the grieving and suffering, the idealist, the outrageously creative, the bored, or the royally pissed off.

Blogging can be stressful. There are no nagging editors (but some blogs do have editors!), and there are no real deadlines, but blog for a while, and eventually you gain an audience that has expectations that you're going to have something witty, profound, helpful or humorous to say on a regular basis (pressure, pressure pressure!).

No one exactly knows how many blogs there are out there. According to Blog Herald, as of February 2006, an estimated 200 million blogs are up and running. USA and China have the most number of blogs per country, while My Space and Xanga are the leading platforms for making a blog.

Class Dismissed… (Thank GOD!)

Anyway, to end this post, I want to say that I’ve seen a lot of good blogs, bad blogs and GREAT blogs. I actually have quite few great ones in my blogroll (I don’t have any bad ones in there so don’t worry, LOL!) which I visit every time I’m online, (which is everyday) and await their next blog entry! Such dedication to the craft called blogging is for me, all inspiring! What a way to put the pressure on them! Maybe someday I’ll have my own fan base and be likewise pressured to write! LOL! (yeah, that will be the day…) ;)

Thanks to my sources:
Wikipedia
Blog Herald
Jennifer Balderama, CNET

2 comments:

Bittersweet said...

I love the content of your blog! Its all really fun! Hope you post again soon!

PrettyMe said...

Make it 200 million and one! I convinced my boyfriend to make one too! hihihi! :)