January 22, 2009

So What Exactly IS a Blogger??

Blogging has been around for quite some time. I remember writing my first "blog" about a year ago on myspace. But I never started an actual blog...though I always secretly wanted to. So a few months ago a great friend of mine started telling me about her blog that she does through busy-mommy.com and how much she LOVES blogging. She told me that I should check out and start one myself. So I did, last November. I wrote 7 blogs over the next few weeks and then stopped. I just didn't know what to write. I still don't know what to write. And to be honest, I'm still trying to figure out what in the world a "blogger" really is. I figure I should understand this concept before I really get myself into blogging...right? Well, so far this is what I've discovered:

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, blogger is just a noun for blog, but here's their definition for blog:: "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer ; also : the contents of such a site". And blog is short for "Weblog" and became on official word in 1999.

Who came up with the word "Weblog"?? Eww...I like blog a lot better!

Ok, well according to Princeton University's website a blogger is "a person who keeps and updates a blog." For Princeton that is almost too easy to understand!

And of course, Blogger.com started all of this and here's what they have to say:

"What's a Blog?
A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.

Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.

In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.

Since Blogger was launched in 1999, blogs have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others.

And we're pretty sure the whole deal is just getting started."

Hmmmm... Sounds simple enough, right?? I guess that means that since I'm a human being and I know how to write, and type....I can be a blogger too. Now I just need to figure out what to write about.....should be interesting! :)

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