Tuesday, February 20, 2007
what's your definition of blog?
All bloggers have some sort of seat-of-the-pants, ad hoc, unplanned, subconscious definition of the ugly little word "blog". What's yours?
I mean, when you accidentally let slip the fact that you have a blog, and your friends or family go, "Huh?" or their faces twist into bewonderment and they ask, "What exactly is a blog?"...
...what do you say?
Or do you go, "A blog? Oh, nothing much really, just a little online diary. Hey, why do you think Britney Spears shaved her empty head?" to change the subject?
I am going to create a new client education document called "What is a blog?" and you can help me. Just add a comment on how you define or explain to people what a blog is.
As good ideas come in, I'll add them to my list presented here.
What is a blog? Well...
(1) A blog is an "email to the world" -- Doc Searls.
(2) A blog is a simple CMS (content management system) that non-technical users can operate to publish content to the web.
(3) A blog is a digital diary.
(4) A blog is a mini-web site that one person authors, updates, and maintains.
(5) A blog is a log of what you find interesting on the web, hence "web log" or "weblog", with links and sometimes a little bit of commentary.
(6) A blog is a home away from home.
(7) A blog is an online conversation that anyone can join via comments.
(8) A blog is a web journal containing frequent postings that are displayed in reverse chronological order, with older posts archived according to month and year or in categories, with links to other relevant or favorite blogs, and a comment function that allows readers to add their input.
(9) A blog is the first universal content publishing system to allow any human with a computer and internet access to express their ideas to a potentially global audience.
(10) A blog is a revolutionary tool that lets the average person publicize their thoughts on a level playing field with corporations and traditional media.
(11) A blog is a software application that enables compu-telepathic communication from one mind to another, with no filters, censors, or approval channels intervening.
(12) A blog is web platform that enables text, photos, video, audio podcasts, music mp3s, PDFs, and other digital media to be distributed to the world.
Posted by steven edward streight at 2/20/2007 03:56:00 PM