So what is a blog? According to Wikipedia (a great source of constantly updated info), “A weblog, web log or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic time-stamped posts on a common web page. Weblog is a portmanteau of ‘web’ and ‘log.’ The term blog came into common use as a way of avoiding confusion with the term server log.”
Why Do we Blog
“We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.” A perfect description of blogging, don’t you think?
I started blogging some years ago mainly to and share experiences and thoughts as well as pass time. A small part of me, however, was selfishly hoping for admiration and affirmation; a shallow attitude I’ve long abandoned. Eventually, I discovered the joy found via “invisible threads” and “sympathetic fibers” – those human connections made along the way. Blogger tend to be a lovely comfort of strangers.
We also blog so as “To be heard”
In my view, there are three regimes, roughly: Alone, A few, Many.
“Alone” – Diaries. Some people keep their diary on-line, and don’t mind if others read it.
“A Few” – Socializing, chatting. The intended audience is close friends, family members and events only of interest to that circle.
“Many” – All over the world. The goal is to reach as many people as possible with your ideas.