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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Beginners Guide to Blogging

A blog is basically an online journal wherein you can

digitally pen down your thoughts, ideas, opinions and

practically anything that you want people to read. Blogs

come in different styles, formats, and settings,

depending on the preference of the user. Many blogging

sites, offer built in features such as hyperlink,

straight texts, pictures etc. Some blogging sites, even

allow you to put video and mp3's on your blogs.

Instead of writing texts, some bloggers choose to make

their blogs more audio friendly, by using spoken word

entries. This is called audio blogging.

Basically a blog contains these features:

title- which allows you to label your post
body- this is the content of your post
trackback- other sites can be linked back to your blog
permanent link- every article that you write has a URL
comments- this allow readers to post comments on your


One of the advantages of blogging, is that it is made of

only a few templates. Unlike, other websites that is

made up of numerous individual pages. This make it

easier for blog users to create new pages, because it

already has a fix setting that include: slots for title,

body of the post, category, etc.

This is especially useful for first time users, since

they can start blogging right away. They can chose from

a number of templates that blogging websites provide.

Anyone who wants to start a blog can do so by becoming a

member of a blogging website of their choice. Once

they've become members, they automatically become a part

of that particular blogging community. They can browse

through other bloggers pages, and link them back to

their own blogs. They can also make comments on other

members' blogs.

Blogging is not just limited to personal usage. There

are a lot of blogs that follow a theme such as: sports,

politics, philosophy, social commentary, etc. These

blogs espouse on their specific themes. This way

blogging becomes a medium in which people can share

their knowledge and opinions about a variety of themes

and topics.

Some bloggers even use their blogs as a means to

advertise. Some authors advertise their books on their

blogs. While other bloggers, use their blogs to shed

light to currents issues, events, news and catastrophes.

Nowadays in education, blogs also play an important

part. Professors use blogging to document the lessons

that they have discussed and taught. This way, students

who have missed classes, can easily catch up with

their assignments.

A lot of entrepreneurs benefit from blogging by

promoting their businesses on their blogs, with millions

and millions of people logging onto the net everyday,

blogging has become a lucrative move. Some bloggers who

run online businesses promote their merchandise online,

While others profit through advertisement.

But by far, the most popular blog type is the one that

takes the form of a personal journal. This is the kind

that is usually used by first time bloggers. Individuals

who want to document the daily struggle of their

everyday lives, poems, rants, opinions, find that

blogging offers them a medium in which to express


Bloggers usually communicate within themselves. This is

one of the appeals of blogging. It creates a community

of people sharing their ideas, thoughts, and comments

with each other.

Blogs varying in topics, themes, and set-ups, can be

found in blog directories. First time users who want to

get an idea of what the blogging world is all about can

browse through a number of blogs using these

directories. This way they'd get an idea of what these

blogging communities are like.

Blogging is popular all over the world. Blog is short

for the term weblog. There are no rules when it comes to

blogging. Bloggers have the freedom to express

themselves how ever way they want.The best thing

about blogging is that most blogging sites are free.

There are numerous blogging websites to choose from in

the net. This give first time users the option of

joining a blogging community that appeals to their


Just search any blogging directory and you'd get a

listing of a lot of blogging sites that are available on

the net. It's easy to search a blogging directory,

because it is organized according to category. This way

you would get exactly what you are after. Blogging is

really for everyone. It is fun, simple and easy.

Article written by Chris Eze
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