What is a web log (blog)?

"A weblog (usually shortened to blog, but occasionally spelled web log or weblog) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles, most often in reverse chronological order. Early weblogs were simply manually updated components of common websites. However, the evolution of tools to facilitate the production and maintenance of web articles posted in chronological fashion made the publishing process feasible to a much larger, less technical, population. Ultimately, this resulted in the distinct class of online publishing tools that produces the blogs we recognize today. Blogs can be hosted by dedicated blog hosting services, or they can be run using blog software on regular web hosting services."

Blog software has evolved to the point where it is used both to publish blogs as described above, as well as for the foundation publishing tool for entire web sites. Some blog software packages are activitely promoted as content management system (CMS) tools intended to manage all content on a web site. A typical blog software application is a database driven publishing tool with a high degree of flexibility for publishing various types of content in a variety of different ways.

"Like other media, blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news. Some blogs function as online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic."

[Note: Thanks to Wikipedia for the quoted sections of this posting, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog.]

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2006-05-29 12:34
Danny Weiss
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