By Ken Fisher | Published: April 09, 2005 – 12:35PM CT
- Avoid using any given website or self-professed blog to define what a blog is. It will be more interesting (and challenging) to write a definition without saying, “CNN isn’t a blog, but DrunkenBlog is.”
- Avoid separating things out based on whether or not you like them. While some people may say “a blog is an excercize in verbal masturbation,” it doesn’t really help define it. Plus, it’s a tad insulting.
Now, you can hit up Google for all kinds of definitions for blog, but many of them state the obvious, e.g., “a blog is short for weblog,” or they state things in too general a manner, e.g., “a blog is a page frequently updated with information.” Wikipedia has this to say:
A weblog, web log or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic time-stamped posts on a common webpage. These posts are often but not necessarily in reverse chronological order. Such a website would typically be accessible to any Internet user. “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.
So far as I can tell, this applies to 90% of websites online, though.
So, dearest reader and learned netizen (oh, I hate that word), what do you think a blog is?