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5.3: Blog

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    Definition: A journal-style web site that lists the posts backwards with a timestamp. Some blogs are collaborative, and some are kept up by one individual.

    Blogs are one of the newest genres on the scene, and they are used in teaching, the corporate world, the land of politics. If a person has a passion, and wants to openly journal about it, he/she should consider starting a blog.

    Blogs are easy to create. All it takes is one idea. Anyone can do it.

    How Do Blogs Work?\(^{104}\)

    Blogs are created via blog hosting websites such as Blogger or WordPress. Typically, a user registers a username and password, picks a blog title and URL, and then can immediately begin his or her first post, or entry.

    A post can include a combination or writing, photos, videos, links, and other embedded materials. Once the post is ready, the author can instantly publish it to the blog. Other people are then able to view the post (depending on settings--a blogger can choose to make his or her blog private, public, or shared with certain people).

    Readers can subscribe to the blog and receive updates. Posts can be shared via social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Bloggers can also enable commenting, which means readers can write responses to blog posts that will appear along with the post for other readers to see.

    All it takes is one click to post or respond to another person’s blog.


    Here are specific sorts of blogs:

    • Political Blogs: These blogs are often tied to a large media or news corporation.
    • Gossip Blogs: These blogs can greatly be attributed to the popularity of Perez Hilton, a celebrity and entertainment media gossip blogger. His blog posts contain tabloid photographs of celebrities, accompanied by captions and comments. Web traffic to the often controversial and raunchy Perez Hilton site skyrocketed in 2005, prompting similar gossip blogs, such as, Jezebel, and the Superficial, to gain popularity.
    • Food Blogs: These blogs allow foodies and aspiring chefs alike to share recipes, cooking techniques, and food porn, for others to enjoy. Food blogs serve as a sort of online cookbook for followers, often containing restaurant critiques, product reviews, and step-by-step photography for recipes.
    • Fashion Blogs: These blogs became their own larger than life sub-community following the explosive growth of the blogosphere. Besides fashion news blogs, street style blogs have also become exceedingly popular. Many Bloggers consider updating their blog a full-time job. These style mavens are able to earn considerable livings through advertising, selling their photos and even providing their services as photographers, stylists, and guest designers.

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    This is the teaching blog of Sybil (creator of this book); you can find it at:

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    Extra Resources

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    \(^{104}\)"User-Generated Content in Education/Blogs." Wikibooks, The Free Textbook Project. 2 Apr 2018, 12:02 UTC. 7 May 2019, 19:15 <>. Licensed CC-BY-SA.

    \(^{105}\)"Social Web/Blogs." Wikibooks, The Free Textbook Project. 17 Dec 2014, 14:26 UTC. 8 May 2019, 19:17 <>. Licensed CC-BY-SA.

    This page titled 5.3: Blog is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Sybil Priebe (Independent Published) via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.