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What Is Blogging? An Introduction to First Time Bloggers

Jonathan Blake
 


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Many people are asking how long it takes to write a blog online. And the general answer to that question is that it doesn’t take more than half an hour but their face shows that they are not satisfied with the answer. For this reason, it is usefull to look through as to what really is blogging.

An online blog in basic can be considered as an online journal where you can pinpoint your thoughts, ideas, opinions and practically anything that you want people to read. Each blog could be different to one another and they have different styles, formats, settings and in some cases plug-ins as well. Depending on the content and the preference of the user a blogging site can offer built in features such as hyperlink, straight texts, pictures, audio and video files, etc. There is anothe way of blogging other than writing the blog which is known as audio blogging. These blogs are more audio friendly and instead of writing texts this blog use spoken word entries.

An online blog basically having the following features.

1. It is having a title that allows you to label your post.
2. It is having a body which is actually the content you are posting.
3. It also has a tgrackback method where other sites can be linked back to your blog.
4. A blog article is having a permanent link which is the url that refers to your blog article.
5. Some space for comment that allow the readers to post comment on your blog.

A blog website depend on a few templates and this has become one of the advantages of blogging in creating new pages because it already has fixed settings that include slots for title, body, category etc.
From a first time user's point of view this is especially useful as this method allows them to start blogging right away. Users can also choose a preferred theme from number of templates that is available with blogging host or use free templates available in the net. Blogging can be used on personal usage or related to specific theme where others can also share their knowledge and opinions of variety of topics. There are a lot of online blogs that follow themes such as: sports, politics, philosophy, social commentary, etc. These type of blogs have actually become a medium where other people also can express their views on a selected topic.

In the education sector blogs are playing an important part nowadays. Lecturers and Professors use to blog to document their lessons that ey have discussed and taught. This is one sure way to help a student to who has missed classes to catch up with their lessons. As well as in education blogging can also be used as a way of advertising method. While some bloggers advertise about the books they have written especially authors, other bloggers shed light to currents issues, events, news and catastrophes. Entrepreneurs can also be benefitted from blogging by promoting their businesses on their blogs, which actually has become a lucrative movie when millions and millions of people logging onto the net everyday. While some bloggers promote their merchandise online there are some others who place advertisements in their blog sites and profit through advertisement.

The blogs that have taken the form of a personal journal are the most popular blog types on the net. This is the kind that is usually used by first time bloggers. Many individuals find that blogging offers them a medium in which to express themselves in their daily struggle of the everyday lives, opems, rants, opinions etc. Bloggers generally communicate within themselves. This is one of the appeals of blogging online. It creates a community of people sharing their ideas, thoughts, and comments with each other.

Blogs varying in topics, themes, and set-ups, are available in blog directories. These directories are much helpful to first time users as they allow them to get an idea of what the blogging world is all about by browsing through a number of blogs using the directories. This way they'd get an idea of what these blogging communities are like. Blog is the shorten format of the previously popular term WEBLOG. There are no rules when it comes to blogging. This is one of the noticeble aspect of blogging as bloggers have the freedom to express themselves how ever way they want, and the best thing about blogging, is that you can fully manage your own blog without the help of others.

There are numerous blogging websites to choose from in the net. However if you wish to run your own blog under your own domain you will have to purchase a web hosting account. One of the cheapest Blog hosting service is provided by Maximspace and their accounts can be purchased for less than $2 a month. Maximspace offer WordPress blogs with one click installation without the requirement of programming knowledge. And the best thing with them is that they allow running several blogs in the same account without the need of purchasing a new hosting account for each blog. They also offer a free .com domain of your choice which is also beneficial to a first time blogger.

Whether you start your own blog or join a blogging community blogging is really for everyone. It is fun, simple and easy.

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