21st Century Blogging – Introduction to Online Journaling
I have been on the social media and based on the comments and engagements, it is apparent that there are many persons who do not know what a blog is. More than that, they don’t how to use one. I write this post to hopefully bring some clarity to the blogging process, especially for new persons just entering the online business and blogging sphere. I will write this is two parts. The second post will deal with the monetization of blogs. So here we go:
21st century blogging and social networking are inextricably linked in the sense that both contain certain features and certain properties of one another. Both are aimed at creating a wide movement as far as multimedia interaction is concerned. Though it is true that blogs can be regulated and kept very private, the main purpose of them is to reach out to a number of people, to have a medium to voice your opinion.
Another similarity is that both these concepts have existed in cyber space for almost a decade now, but in the initial stages both were rather exclusive of one another. Only in the recent times have they been merged, and their similarity in motives truly recognized. Blogging is essentially done to channel your thoughts out on to an online journal. You also want other people to read what you have written.
In this way, you are connected with people from all over the world whom you would not have otherwise known. Social networking operates in a similar manner. It is a hub where the young and the hearty flock. The chances of getting an audience on such a platform are high.
The origination of the term ‘blog’ is interesting. It was initially called a ‘weblog’ meaning a log or a diary or a journal that helps you record your thoughts on a daily basis. In that sense it was rather in its infant stages and did not turn into an instrument for propaganda immediately. For convenience, the term was later shortened to blog and this is when free blogging services like Blogger and WordPress became extremely popular.
As mentioned earlier, blogging today is not restricted to only maintaining a journal. It has truly become a platform where various kinds of people from all walks of life, whether they have the same ideologies or not, conflate, and discuss the matters they think are important to them.
21st century blogging has become an important advertising tool for marketers who wish to promote their products online, for persons interested in making money online and for others who wish to sell their ideologies and reach out to the masses.
Moreover, creating a blog and maintaining it does not require a lot of money. Many more people now have a personal blog and it is all free of cost in most cases. Also, one does not need to become a computer expert or a graphic or web designer in order to make one’s blog interesting, exciting and inviting.
Unlike other websites which operate on a different domain, and for which every single template and tab needs to be designed and created from scratch, most blog sites do not need such knowledge. The free blogging service providers have their own inbuilt templates and fonts which have to be chosen by the bloggers according to their own tastes and preferences.
Blogging is an ideal way to make new friends and come in contact with more people than you can do in the real world, and from all quarters of the world. Such diverse people will obviously have differing
viewpoints. Therefore, this gives scope for a good deal of discussion and debate with all points of view being taken on board.
Blogs can also be for the sole purpose of making new friends and for socializing. This is why social networking sites have picked up the cue and in these times social networking and blogging have, to some extent, been combined, and almost become indistinguishable.
It would be interesting to note that the word ‘blog’ is both a noun and a verb. This leads us to the fact that blogging in some sense also helps get rid of hassles of traditional publishing. Though your work will not come out in print, you know that you can publish your work – your articles, pictures, videos, etc – yourself through your blog.
Therefore, it may be your own personal journal that you wish others to read or your works of art in terms of the stories or articles that you write, or the movies that you make. You can share almost any content with the world at large.
It must also be noted that just like you do not have to be a web designer to create your own blog, you need not be a professional writer, a film maker or a photographer to publish content on your blog. It is just a space for you to indulge in your own small artistic pursuits and share those moments with others. 21st blogging must therefore be exploited to its full potential.
So there you have it. Stay tuned for the next post on monetizing your blog.