Boring & Scary Stuff About Blogs

Responsibility of a Blogger

A blog has a good reach and is a proper platform for bloggers to gain popularity. After gaining popularity, some bloggers try to shift focus from blogging to using other platforms of reaching the public. Some critics mention and worry that bloggers don't consider copyright infringement and realize that as bloggers they have an equal responsibility as any other member of the mass media fraternity.

Whenever a blogger posts something, it is more than that person's views. It is affecting the thought of a reader at some point. Undoubtedly, that is the point of a blog. But, there is a line drawn when responsibility shows up. Bloggers have a responsibility towards their readers. It is not just an idea shared in any vague manner.

Legal Impact of a blog

Legally, a blog can put you in danger or even have you begging for mercy in case you mention something offensive to or about a national figure or issue. At the same time, there are laws that give you the copyright the moment it is published on the internet. The author can claim a story if it is on the blog post.

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Types, Types, Types...

A blogger has area of focus. That area usually defines the kind of blog that shall be written. Apart from the area of focus, the way the content is presented also counts.

  • Personal blogs

A personal blog is more of a diary or the way an individual feels about a part of his or her life. This is more expressive than informative. Usually, it builds a connection between the reader and the author.

  • Collaborative blogs or group blogs

This is a kind of blog where many authors collaborate to write posts. These are usually based on a single topic. Collaborative efforts are set up by established bloggers so that there is hardly any pressure of maintenance of the website and fan base.

  • Microblogging

It is an era where people like to see more than read and what better way than to go for images or light weight animations to achieve this? Microblogging refers to a blog that has images, videos, pictures and text or other media. It is useful for business promotions, entertainment updates and at times staying in touch. There are many add on tools that make it much simpler for the user to create microblogging sites.

  • Corporate and organizational blogs

A blog can also be used for business promotions. Say there is this organization which wants to gain more popularity using is blog. It can do so only when there are updates about the various areas it works on and when it goes for information that would be useful to bridge the gap between the potential consumer reader and the organization. Some blogs focus only on that, and are known as corporate blogs.

  • By media type

Media types have also been known to define blogs. And give them different names too. A blog comprising links is a link log, one having videos is a vlog, for a portfolio of sketches, we have a sketchblog and for photos, it is a photoblog. There are blogs written on typewriters and then scanned. They are called typecast blogs. Tumblelogs are ones with shorter posts and mixed media types. A rare type of blog hosted on the Gopher Protocol is known as a Phlog.

  • Reverse blog

A Reverse Blog is composed by its users rather than a single blogger. This system has the characteristics of a blog, and the writing of several authors. These can be written by several contributing authors on a topic, or opened up for anyone to write. There is typically some limit to the number of entries to keep it from operating like a web forum.

There Is Always Revolution Around The Corner

Although the start was slow, blogging gained rapid popularity. Blog usage spread during 1999 and the years following, being further popularized by the near-simultaneous arrival of the first hosted blog tools:

  • Open Diary launched in October 1998 by Bruce Ablesonin grew to thousands of online diaries. It initiated the reader comment, becoming the first blog community where readers could add comments to other writers' blog entries.
  • Brad Fitzpatrick started LiveJournal in March 1999.
  • Andrew Smales created in July 1999 as an easier alternative to maintaining a "news page" on a Web site, followed by DiaryLand in September 1999, focusing more on a personal diary community.
  • Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan (Pyra Labs) launched in August 1999. It was purchased by Google in February 2003 and is now a leading blogging site.

How It All Began...

On 17 December, 1997, Jorn  Barger coined the term weblog, making the meaning obvious. (Web log meant a log maintained on the web).

Later in 1999,Peter Merholz broke the word to "we blog" and came up with what the world calls a blog now. 'Blog' also works as a verb. 'We blog' would mean we write or edit content on our or somebody else's blogs.

A blog is essentially a website published on the internet that covers a particular topic and has one or more authors writing it and keeping it open for readers or registered users to comment on. Unlike many other areas in literature, a blog doesn't follow a pattern and gives the author absolute freedom to express his or her ideas. Once the blog is created, i.e., once there is a website that would cater to only sharing ideas, the user can go for any number of posts for the same.

Until 2009, there were blogs where one would find a single user and occasionally a small group as author. The blog would cover a single subject. Post that era, we have been seeing multi author blogs. Social networking and affiliate marketing have had a huge impact on blogging world.

Earlier, blogs were simply manually updated components of common websites. However, with time came tools which could facilitate the production of a website. Web articles were published in reverse chronology, i.e., the latest would appear first. This resulted in the distinct class of online publishing that produces blogs we recognize today.

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