Since blogging is going to make up an important part of this course, we should start with the basics and get a better understanding of what you will be involved in during the semester.

Here are a couple of definitions of blogs:

From Wikipedia:

A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

From Jill Walker Rettberg’s book Blogging:

…blogs are easy to define formally, and … share similarities in layout and contain many of the same elements.  The most obvious is the basic unit of the post, but there are many others, such as the timestamps, the post titles, the blogroll, the ‘about’ page and so on (p19).

The personal tone [in] blogs is one of the characteristics often said to define blogs (p21).

A few more titbits about blogs and blogging:

Technorati, a website that tracks developments in the world of blogging, recently found that:

  • it has recorded 133 million blogs since 2002
  • the average blogger has been blogging for three years
  • collectively, bloggers post 900,000 blog posts each day
  • blogs can be found in 81 languages

And if you want to read a philosophical piece on blogging try Andrew Sullivan’s in The Atlantic.