The word “blog” is relatively new and like most new technology terms, you might not find it in your spell checker or your dictionary yet. The word blog comes from combining the words “web” (short for World Wide Web) and the word “log” (indicating a regular entry). A blog therefore, is a website that is updated regularly with a variety of content. Blogging is the act of journaling on a regular basis on the Internet. A blogger is the person posting the main information found on the site.
The number and the type of blogs available on the Internet are limited only by the imagination of the bloggers. There are political blogs, technology blogs, family blogs, sports blogs, quilting blogs, housewife blogs, school blogs, teacher blogs, and even satire blogs. If you have thought about it, then someone is blogging about it. These blogs can be open to everyone to read, or open to only those you invite. These blogs can be open to commentary or closed to reader comments. They can be open to comment only on selected postings or open to every posting. You can even set up your blog to approve comments before they get posted. There are many options available to the blogger depending on the purpose and scope of the blog. However, the one major characteristic that all good blogs have in common is that they post a variety of content to the Internet on a frequent or regular basis.