Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What is a BLOG ?

During one of our regularly scheduled Crystal Fanatics Club (CFC) weekly Chats, I discovered, much to my dismay, that some of our members had no idea what or how a Blog functioned.
So, What is a Blog anyway ?  Well, you're reading one now.

Noun: A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis.
Verb: Add new material to or regularly update a blog.
From “Web log.” A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web consisting of unique entries, or "posts".  The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.”‘

A blog is a personal, political or business journal published on the Web. Blogs are usually the work of a single individual, but occasionally published by a small group. Often they are focused on a single subject, and updated regularly.  A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other web pages and media related to its topic.
In addition to the main page of a blog, Archives of previously written articles are kept and usually displayed chronologically somewhere on the face of the main page, so that you can have access to them anytime.

Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject, like the Blog for Crystal Fanatics, explicitly written for Collectors of Swarovski Crystal.  Others function as more personal online diaries or as a form of brand advertising for a particular individual or company.

The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990's coincided with the development of web publishing tools, enabling the posting of content by non-technical users without having to use html. 
Most good quality blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. If a blogger doesn't allow comments to their articles, well, why bother ? 
Do they have something to hide ? Do they fear retaliation ? That's NOT a Blog; it's a one-way conversation by an ego-maniac.
Our CFC blog is not a monologue, but a conversation. You can leave feedback, comment, critique, question, or leave an essay on why you love my blog. :)
You will find the Comments section on everything I write simply by clicking the ‘comments’ link at the bottom of each one of my posts. 

Blogging can be seen as a form of social networking. Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relationships with their readers, and sometimes other bloggers.

In 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence. (Wikipedia)

You can Learn a Lot reading a Blog. For instance, if you are a Swarovski Crystal Collector, we write articles in detail about the issues we collect, as well as informative posts about Collecting.

Want to Learn MORE About Collecting Swarovski ?
JOIN US at the Crystal Fanatics Club
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1 comment:

Robert said...

You learn a lot more than just facts and figures about Swarovski if you are a member of CFC. We talk about anything and everything, why not join CFC and see what you are missing out on.