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What is a blog and who can make a blog?

What is a blog?

I first heard the blog term six years ago and I immediately searched for details on the Internet, as if I was feeling that it would attract me as a magnet and give me an addictive pleasure. From Wikipedia I found out that “A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog”)[1] is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. ”

I was lucky to find a personal writing blog with much excitement and that made me want to try to do something like that. I did not know anything about blogs except the ones written above. Blogspot is a beginner-friendly platform, so in less than two hours we had a blog. I needed an email address and a google account. Anyone possessing such a thing can make a blog.

Now, after six years, I admit it was a very nasty blog with an obsolete theme and zero functionality. But it was mine and I wrote it, even though at first I was shy and awkward in making articles. My texts seemed to be stunned, as if they had no “soul”, but I continued to write and even courageously distribute them on facebook, where I had 30 friends, all known in real life.

What kind of blogs are available on the internet?

Blogs are divided into several categories, depending on the specifics of each. Thus, we can find personal blogs, niche blogs, collective blogs, blogs attached to websites or online stores, magazines, etc.

Personal blogs: these are blogs that the authors write about themselves, about their lives, or their personal opinions about life, in its complexity. Typically, these personal blogs gather small (or larger) reader communities who trust and attach to the author, who share their ideas and find themselves in what the author writes.

niche blogs: these blogs are usually focused on a single activity domain and I have the courage to bet that for each domain there is at least a well documented blog on the internet, from which people can learn what they are interested in. Niche Blogs are generally looking for fashion, beauty, cooking, car niches, home and garden, mother and baby, book reviews, etc.

collective blogs: these blogs have a faster growth just because, with more authors, they can write more in more styles, attracting more diverse people. Generally, collective blogs deal with several topics, but we also found many collective blogs where authors wrote, for example, only poems or children’s stories. However, few collective blogs resist over time, because, with more than one author, there are various discussions and misunderstandings that lead to the death of the blog.

blogs attached to websites or online stores, magazines, etc: for a few years, this category of blogs, written by talented copywriters, has also appeared. Their purpose is to attract audiences to certain categories of products, to teach people about what that field of activity means, to stimulate sales and to suggest to all readers “how to…”

Who can make a blog?

This question has a simple answer: anyone can make a blog, even if they do not know about it. Those who want can start blogging on the blogspot or wordpress platform. These are free and easy to use. As I was saying at the beginning, you need to have a functional email address, an account on google and you can start.

Of course, if you want to do everything professionally, you can buy a domain name from the beginning (as I bought roundword.com) and pay your hosting to a company that deals with it. You can call a good friend if you find it too hard to make a blog yourself. You will learn, in time, that things are not as heavy as they seem on the first day. Most people who started blogging were, on the first day, beginners. I can really help you if you want to make a blog. Leave me a message by email and I will contact you as soon as possible.

I wish you a lot of success and promise to come back with articles containing tips and information about blogs and blogging.

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