A Weblog (also known as a blog) is an interactive website providing for commentary, news, personal diary and other information presented in a chronological (or reverse chronological) order. A common way for interaction between the writer (blogger) and the readers is the ability of blogs to provide reader comments on weblog posts. They often include text, images and links to other web pages, related media or other weblogs. Weblogging software is often characterized by the ability for users to easily create great looking weblogs without needing to learn complex markup code.
People who write blogs are often known as "Bloggers" (which is a differentiation from the blogging service/site Blogger.com.
edit Forums and software for blogging
- Weblog.com, a free blog hosting service that allows users to easily create their own weblogs on the Weblog.com website.
- Blogger.com, a service owned by Google that allows users to easily create their own weblogs on the Blogger website.
- Blog.com, another popular blog network that allows users to easily create free blogs.
- WordPress.com is another website hosting personal blogs, using the freely available WordPress software which can be downloaded from WordPress.org (note that the ".com" is for hosting of blogs, the ".org" is for downloading the software to host your own blog).
- MoveableType.org is another popular software package for weblogging.
- Typepad.com offers a blogging service with a variety of plans for users.
- Many domain hosters now offer easy to install weblogs as part of their hosting package; additionally other social networking sites like MySpace.com offer some blog-like functions for their members.
edit Other resources
- WordPress.org's Intro to Blogging
- Wikipedia's Blog Article
- Online Journalism Review has a Blog software comparison chart from May 2006.
edit The AboutUs Weblog
edit About Weblog vs Blog terminilogy
How are you? Havent had a chance to touch base with you, It seems like a long while. Anyways, ive noticed this long enough that i felt like communicating about it. Especially now that we have transitioned to blog.aboutus.org How about changing the terminology from Weblog to Blog on the main page and also in the useful links? I think keeping up with the latest terminology projects our image as a friendly, innovative, fresh and uptodate with the latest trends company.
If you are interested, see:
Some show the mix of the terms. (this is from research I did last summer)
- http://ross.typepad.com/ http://www.tuaw.com/
- wikipedia:Weblog redirects to wikipedia:Blog: The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May of 1999. This was quickly adopted as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog").