A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style entries (posts). Web pages are usually displayed in reverse chronological order so that the most recent post appears first. Blogs were usually written by an individual, occasionally by a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic. MABs are developed where multiple authors and a professional editor take their turn to write. Newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions contribute to more blog traffic. Social media sites are helping to integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media. Blogs are also often maintained or added to.
When Blogging Came in Trend?
Blogs began to emerge and grew in popularity during the late 1990s, coinciding with the emergence of web publishing tools that allowed non-technical users to post content without programming experience. Previously, a knowledge of HTML and FTP had been required to publish content on the Web, and early Web users, therefore, tended to be computer enthusiasts. In the 2010s, the majority are interactive Web 2.0 websites, enabling users to leave online feedback, and it is this interactivity that separates them from other static websites. In that sense, blogging can be seen as a type of social networking service. Indeed, bloggers not only create content to post on their blogs but also establish social connections with their readers and other bloggers. However, there are high-readership blogs that do not allow comments.
Blogs are used to express an opinion about a specific subject or topic. Some others function as more personal online diaries or individual brand advertising. A typical blog incorporates text, digital images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media relevant to its subject. The ability of readers to leave publicly viewable comments, and communicate with other bloggers, is a significant addition to the success of many blogs. However, blog owners or authors often moderate and filter online comments to remove hate speech or other offensive content. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or “vlogs”), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts) (podcasts). In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources; these are referred to as edublogs. Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.
‘Blog’ and ‘blogging’ are now loosely used for content creation and sharing on social media, especially when the content is long-form and one creates and shares content on regular basis. So, one could be maintaining a blog on Facebook or blogging on Instagram.