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Blogging Explained in Simple Terms

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By now, if you haven’t heard of Blogging, you must be in a coma,
seldom watch or listen to the news, or never use the internet. Bloggers
are the newest and most popular ‘authentic’ voice on the internet.
Blogging Defined
First, let’s begin with an accurate definition of Blogging. Blog is short for Web Log. To blog is to upload text onto the same place on the internet
daily, weekly, monthly, or at least with some predictable frequency. The
best bloggers are trained professional writers, people who write
because it’s their passion, and politically inclined individuals who need
a bully pulpit for their ideas. Some bloggers are traveling long distance
over an extended period of time, and they want to communicate with
family and friends. The traveling bloggers do not have enough time to e-
mail everyone – so they blog. Family and friends can check their blog
for updates on their whereabouts, their adventures, mishaps, and
golden opportunities while they’re on the road.
Is Blog a Noun, Verb, or Adjective?
I have seen Blog used as a noun, verb and adjective. This means
blogging is a thing, an active principle, and a way to describe
something. If you want to blog (verb) and do it well, the best advice is to
blog on a subject you know quite a good deal about. Chances are, most
people who blog with a good solid background in their subject area, do
not readily run out of good material. Also, people who read blogs (noun)
constructed in this way will walk away enriched, educated on a
particular subject, and are more likely to return.
Blogging as Gossip or for Profits
As a professional writer and a creative writer, I am enjoying the
popularity of the blogger (noun). Why? Because bloggers are bringing
back respect for the individual voice in writing. Their popularity is
sometimes based upon the depth of their knowledge on a particular
subject. Or, as in the case of bloggers who helped reveal the true
identity of White House Press Corps gay hustler Jeff Gannon, bloggers
can turn a little vicious gossip into an international news story, which I
personally find amusing and enlightening. Since bloggers uncovered
this scandalous man’s double life, blogging has gained a great deal of
attention. In fact, marketing and public relations firms are now using
blogging as a tool in their whole package of increasing a client’s media
visibility.
Public Relations and Marketing Blogging
If the Public Relations and Marketing firms gain a stronghold on
blogging activities, perhaps the ‘authentic’ individual voice that began
the blogging craze will be lost in the rubble. This is the worry of many
devoted bloggers. Or, maybe this trend could strengthen the position of
political or gossip oriented bloggers. Perhaps the ‘devoted bloggers’
who were working in the restaurant and retail industry, will now find
they’re being offered the opportunity to blog for money instead of slave
away over a hot grill, or at a cash register.
This is where the whole blogging debate takes over.
Ethical versus Unethical Blogging
Who actually has the ‘right’ to blog? What does an authentic blogger
look and feel and sound like? How do you identify a slick, Public
Relations blogger? Should blogging remain in the realm of the
individual voice? Or will it be usurped by multinational corporations and
governments for their own devious purposes? These are all valid
questions, and I’m afraid I do not possess an answer to any of these
ethical questions about blogging. I feel that the individual person,
company, or entity must answer these questions on their own. But there
is one thing I am absolutely certain about. Everyone has a right to blog,
just as every one has a right to write and publish their work in the public
sphere, which includes the internet.
For some ideas on how to increase web site traffic by blogging, visit
[http://www.sidhecommunications.com] and read the companion piece to
this article: Start Blogging to Increase Internet Traffic: We Blog.
Source by Elizabeth Kirwin

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