Blogging defined for beginners

You will by now have been well informed about web hosting and why you need a good home for your website in the online world.

But being alive to the fact that some readers may not have necessarily formed their first blogs yet and may be out to acquire some information towards that, I am going to introduce the whole concept of blogging afresh. First things first, let me offer a short orientation.

There are many definitions of a blog depending on where you look. Well, thankfully I happen to have a sort of harmonized definition of it. I would define a blog as a website which contains information about a focused or sometimes random topic, arranged from the most recently posted to the oldest posts. A post refers to content that you have created and is ready to be published on a blog.

Wikipedia defines a blog or web log as 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).

There are certain terms that you are also expected to be familiar with once you begin blogging. The most important ones include blog, which has already been defined (hopefully with reasonable clarity); blogging, blogosphere and blogger.

Blogging refers to the action of updating an existing blog by publishing new content from time to time, a blogger is a person who owns or creates content for a blog while the blogosphere is the term used to refer to the community of bloggers and the entire intricacy of their relationship with one another.

Generally, a blog will be composed of text, images, videos, mp3, hyperlinks and other media objects. It may not contain all of these things but depending on the main activity that becomes the focus of the blog, they are normally used as the tools with which to reach out to the audience.

To begin blogging, you first and foremost need to understand how to create a blog. To do this you may need to understand web creation and design. However, for those who do not have the technical skill set, there are specialized software these days that you can use to build your blog from scratch. These are normally known as content management software and they include WordPress (my personal favorite), Joomla, Mambo, Zikula, Siteframe and the likes.

The layout of blogs all over the internet will differ depending on the taste of the blogger or the purpose for which each is created. However, a blog will generally have a content section where the newest content is displayed first followed by older content.

The content section will also contain links to pages within and outside the website. There'll be a comments section, social media plug-ins, sidebars with advertisements or links to other content and of course a header and footer.

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