What’s a blog? Where’s a blog? Read a blog
There I was. Out in California, dressed in my semi-best, sitting at Christmas dinner. Surrounded by polite chit chat, small talk and my mother’s souffle.
During a small lull in the dinner conversation my dear uncle, in search of a bit of tech wisdom, leans my way.
“So tell me what you know about … bogs,” he states.
Not knowing he was changing the direction of the previously real estate oriented conversation to computers and technology, a blurry image of a swamp filled with slug-like creatures passed through my mind. Bogs. What do I know about bogs. Bogs, bog – oooooh! It clicked.
“Um, you mean, blogs?” I asked him.
“Yeah, blogs,” he replied, his expression clearly revealing he had no idea that my brain was already scheming about how I could turn his innocent folly into an article topic.
You see, a blog is nothing fancy. It’s nothing scary. Oftentimes, it’s nothing especially intriguing. A blog is nothing more than an online journal. Not surprisingly, the term “blog” comes from the combination of “web” and “log.”
These days, people (especially those people otherwise known as teenagers) are blogging like never before. You know all those characters you run into who are convinced their lives and experiences are incredibly fantastic and endlessly interesting? Well, those guys are out there, right this second, writing in their blogs.
Depending on the person doing the writing, blogs can be informative, excruciatingly boring or simply filled with expletives. And let me tell you, many of them just look like online spaces used for the typing and retyping of expletives. Sometimes you need to do a little work to locate the quality blogs out there.
So. Anyhow. It was that Christmas conversation with my uncle that made me think, “Hmm. Writing an article discussing the rapidly-growing blog phenomenon might be a good idea.” It was the following incident, which incidentally occurred the very next day, that made me think, “No – writing that article will be an excellent idea.”
So there I was, the day after Christmas, lounging on the couch, browsing the Web on my father’s laptop, enjoying my chance to use a screaming-fast wireless connection. When, on a whim, I decided to check the statistics for my Web site (www.timeforcake.com) to find out how many people had visited it during the past week.
I opened my stats page and was surprised to find a substantial surge in site visits. Curious as to how this unusually large number of people came to find my Web site, I took a look at my referrers. (A referrer is simply the Web site that referred a visitor to your site/sent a visitor to your site through a link.) And there, lo and behold, was an odd Web site address that I had never seen before; it appeared to be sending people to my Web site via a link.
The odd referral URL was for a page located on a Web site called “livejournal,” where anyone can publish their own online blog for free. I visited the page and scrolled down to find where my site had been linked. And there it was.
A friendly little fellow from Summit County who calls himself
“run_the_shadows” and apparently has a penchant for sounding like a tough guy, provided a link to my Web site in addition to the following lovely comment:
“Dude, there’s this stupid chick up here that does a Friday column for the free newspaper about little computer tricks and stuff. She also does consultant work. Like $75 to “Clean your computer.”
So. There we have it. As we can discern from the above-exhibited text, blogs can be filled with useful, helpful entries that do wonders in promoting happiness and courtesy in our modern world.
Honestly though, because there are so many services allowing you to blog for free and because having your own blog is so incredibly, INCREDIBLY easy to do, the internet is simply teeming with millions of personal journals. Would you like to know what Sally’s favorite CD is this week? Care to read about Joe’s latest night out on the town? Just read their blogs and you’ll always be up-to-date.
For a long, long list of just-updated blogs, head over to http://www.weblogs.com. Choose a blog that sounds interesting – it might actually be. But it’s just as likely that it’ll put you to sleep. Prepare to get some mileage on your Back button if you hang out there too long.
Do you have something interesting to say? If you’re interested in starting your own blog, you can use any one of the infinite number of blogging services out there. Try http://www.livejournal.com, http://www.blogger.com, http://www.blogharbor.com or http://www.mindsay.com. Go on. Join the masses and share your uniqueness with the world.
Based in Frisco, eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake
(www.timeforcake.com). She can be reached via phone at (970) 668-0709 or e-mail at
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