Basic Terms to Know In Blogging
What is a blog?
A blog is a truncation of the expression “weblog”, it is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic (niche).
In the 2010s, “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and sometimes professionally edited.
The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, “blog”, was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used “blog” as both a noun and verb (“to blog”, meaning “to edit one’s weblog or to post to one’s weblog”) and devised the term “blogger” in connection with Pyra Labs’ Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms
Types of blog
There are basically four types of blog one can choose from, they are:
1. Personal blogs
The personal blog is an ongoing online diary or commentary written by an individual, rather than a corporation or organization. While the vast majority of personal blogs attract very few readers, other than the blogger’s immediate family and friends. This type of blog is common in US, UK, and other advanced nations. The sole aim is to pass information and not to make money.
2. Collaborative blogs or group blogs
A type of weblog in which posts are written and published by more than one author (multi- author). The majority of high-profile collaborative blogs are based around a single uniting theme, such as politics, technology, News, Sports or advocacy.
3. Corporate or Organizational blogs
A blog can be private, as in most cases, or it can be for business or not-for-profit organization or government purposes. Blogs used internally, and only available to employees via an Intranet are called corporate blogs. Examples are blogs owned by an online shopping company, say Jumia and JiJi.
4. Aggregated blogs
Individuals or organization may aggregate selected feeds on specific topic called a niche, product or service and provide combined view for its readers.
Microblogging is the practice of posting small pieces of digital content—which could be text, pictures, links, short videos, or other media—on the Internet. Microblogging offers a portable communication mode that feels organic and spontaneous to many users.
The collective community of all blogs and blog authors, particularly notable and widely read blogs, is known as the blogosphere. Since all blogs are on the internet by definition, they may be seen as interconnected and socially networked, through blogrolls, comments, linkbacks (refbacks, trackbacks or pingbacks), and backlinks.
Who is a Blogger?
A blogger is someone who owns a blog and/or write content for a blog. A pro blogger is one who takes blogging as a profession (i.e a full time job), while a part-time blogger, takes blogging as a recreation time activity, though both parties can earn from their blog.
The Term “blogging”
Blogging is the act of writing a post for a blog, in modern times, a blogger must not necessary own a blog, in fact, with the definition of micro blogging, you will find out that everybody is a blogger.
Brief History of blogging in Nigeria
Blogging in Nigeria don’t have any clear origin per say, but it was gathered by BlogNigeria Researchers that blogs were created in Nigeria as far back as the early 20th century, but it was widely accepted as a profession by Nigerians only at the end of the 20th century, With the likes of Linda Ikeji, Bella Naija, Seun Osewa of Nairaland and the rest of them coming to limelight.
Today, about 200 blogs are created in Nigeria daily (blognigeria’s statistics), though most of them are personal and micro blogs.
Does Blogging Pay?
I don’t know what to say, this is the reason why 70% of today’s bloggers venture into blogging, and maybe the reason why you are probably, patiently reading this right now, the money, but do you know that there are many charity blogs out there on the net.
What’s my idea? If you concentrate on the money without developing yourself, you will end up like many failed blogs in Nigeria!
Nevertheless, yes, blogging pays, even here in Nigeria, and not only does it pay but pays heavily, like blood money some will say, of course I don’t need to give you the list of successful bloggers in Nigeria, because the list will be quit lengthy.
Ok, we have started, and as I said earlier, it’s going to be a 30 interesting days of intense learning, studying, discovering and practice of blogging.
As stated during the introduction, by the end of this 30 days lecture on blogging you would be able to create a blog, learn the coding involved in creating a website (if necessary ), earn real cash from your blog if needed and in turn, teach others how to blog.
Sure, by now you should be able to define a blog, identify a blogger and describe the act of blogging, this should be the first thing to know, it’s a step by step guide on blogging, one at a time.