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What's Going On With Blogs??

What makes someone want to post their lives, or even their opinions about the world on the internet for the world to see? Also, what is the attraction for readers? The Internet is a unique medium in which anything can be posted by anyone.

In the United States there are roughly around 15-30 million blogs. Globally there are around 70 million. A new blog is created every second, and there are over 80,000 created daily. About 55% of all blogs are active, and about 13% of blogs are updated weekly . The average blog reader checks in on about two to three blogs on a regular basis.

The blog developed over time after the invention of the online journal. Other precursors included the forum, e-mail lists, and bulletin board systems. These mediums allowed for people to voice their opinions on a wide range of topics. The blog became popular around 1995. The term “weblog” was first used by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997.

In 1999 the first build your own web-log site was launched (Pitas) . After this, others were released such as Blogger . Blogger is still used today in addition to, LiveJournal , AOL Journals , and also TypePad . In addition to these free hosting sites, users can buy software to build their own blogs, such as WordPress and Movable Type .

The blog consists of many features. It includes the date, the time posted, the author nickname, the post name, the post itself, and a link for comments left by other site users. The blog entry itself may be any length. Some blogs range from a single thought (a few words to a sentence) to about the length of a book. The entries are reversed in time, meaning that the most recent is displayed first, rather than the first entry ever posted.

Types of Blogs

There are many types of blogs. One type of blog is the personal blog . The personal blog can contain information about someone's life, or just their musings on the world around them. Some blogs showcase an upcoming writer's short fiction or poetry, a novel, or even their reviews of books. Other blogs talk about the current political or business situations. Another type of blog is the community blog in which a group of people post on various topics on the same site. A blog that is rising in popularity is the soldier blog , in which soldiers that are overseas or stateside can communicate with family members and tell them of what is happening to them and how they are doing.

Why Blog?

Questions to address include why write in the first place and why keep a journal at all? The reason that most people keep a journal is to get their thoughts down on paper, and to generally feel better. Why then would someone post their most intimate thoughts online for public utilization? AOL states that 50% of bloggers write because is serves as self-therapy, 29% of people blog to improve their writing skills and 41% to stay in touch with family and friends. The attraction for some people writing in this manner is that they can talk with other people and share their thoughts and feelings, and essentially know that there is someone else out there with a problem similar to theirs. Another reason is that they can keep alive connections that they might have lost, or may in the imminent future.

Sometimes people want to blog so that their voice can be heard . Others want to blog so that they can find the support of someone in the same situation. They are also written for a simple mental release ; if you are having a bad day or even a good day you can rant it to the world, with relative anonymity if you so wished.

Why Read Blogs?

The attraction for readers can be quite varied. A blog can almost be a guilty pleasure. Reading someone else's thoughts on the world can give a new perspective. It can give a new insight to the world of politics or make one think of things in an entirely new way. A blog help a reader find that sense of community that they haven't had before. The blog reader may find in the blog they are reading, a person or persons that are going through the same things that they are, and that can be comforting.

Blogging has done many things for the Internet. Blogging affects the way that we connect to the world. Blogging may help to keep friends and family in contact with one another. Blogging is even being considered as a tool for teaching college composition . Blogging has effects on the writing process itself as well. Writers that are having difficulty having their ideas published can have their ideas published for free on hosting sites. Now people have more of a voice and can say what they want, whenever they want to an audience of millions.

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