What is blogging?


There are many of us who like to stay on top of every new thing that comes along. We are the people who love being at the forefront of any “cutting edge” technology or innovation – the risk takers!  We are the people that are not afraid to fail because the “next big idea” is just around the corner.  When blogs first came along we never asked ourselves “what is blogging?” we just “jumped in” and did it.

Okay, you are reading this, so I will assume that you fit into a different category. Perhaps you are not aware of new things, but you prefer to have some idea of whether they are going to benefit you first. This is, in a lot of ways, the smarter approach. You don’t have to jump into everything new, but you are willing to incorporate technology into your life if it can help you in some way…and now you are at the point where you need to know what blogging is.

A good place to start is with the definition of what a blog is. The word ‘blog’ is actually derived from the words ‘web log’, which can also be thought of as an online journal. That’s the way most of the early bloggers started out they would post regular updates to their blog and the good ones generated large-scale interest.

While many people still use blogs in this way, a segment of bloggers started using them in other ways. Now blogs are used as more of a framework for all kinds of websites. In fact, you could visit a website that is really a blog, and you would never know it.

WordPress is perhaps the most-used blogging framework. It is easy to install and it can be used free of charge. The real beauty of it though is all of the plugins that are available today.  Plugins are applications that give additional functionality to the basic WordPress set up. You can find plugins that help you to process payments, set up membership sites, schedule posts, change the look of your site, and much, much more.

The question of “what is blogging” used to have a simple answer, but blogging is constantly evolving.  But when talking about blogging in its purest form it all comes back to making regular updates to a website. You can have a blog for anything, a blog that is about some aspect of your life (your job, being a parent), a topic that interests you (political beliefs, hobbies), or your opinions on just about anything (culture, news).

If you are just blogging for yourself, then you can do whatever you want. If you want to get a lot of people reading your blog then you need to provide fresh and interesting content that gets people to spread the word about your blog. You can also use your blog to make money if that is something that you are interested in.

If you want to create your own blog, get started here and create your free website today.

14 Comments on What is blogging?

  1. Hi Gaylene,
    What a great information.
    You helped me increase my knowledge.
    I tried to use Wix but I did not quite manage to work with it.
    I’m going to use WordPress,
    I will tell you how I managed with it.

    • Hi Efi,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. And yes, I tried Wix many years ago at a time when I had very little knowledge of websites, as you can see I’ve come a long way. I look forward to hearing about your progress with WordPress 🙂

  2. Hello Gaylene, this is excellent information. It’s something that I’m very interested in doing. Do you have any other tips on getting started?

    • Hi there Maria,

      Pleased to here you’re interested in setting up a blog. I got started with Wealthy Affiliate, it’s free to join and you can set up your blog for free by clicking on the link here

      Inside Wealthy Affiliate you’ll have access to the training for 7 days, which teaches you how to build your blog or website. All the best and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Thanks again Gaylene for another useful post. I’m in the middle of setting up my own blog and these tips are a great help.

    • Kia Ora Marie,

      I’m pleased you found this article useful. Best of luck setting up your blog. If you need help, contact me via my contact form. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Hi Gaylene, some really good information for anyone wanting to start their own blogging website. Easy to read information and a great link to the free website to start yourself off. Cheers 🙂

    • Hi, Tracey thank you for your comments. I think people will get great value from this information and be able to set up their own blog. Happy you stopped by 🙂

  5. Very good Post, are you a Premium member? Is it easy? It’s all laid out in simple to understand and read instructions. It seems as though you have out lined the program very well. Great lead for the potential customers. Just a very perfect set up.

    • Hi Curtis, thanks for taking the time to comment. I was aiming for “simplicity” so I’m pleased to hear your feedback. And yes I’m a Premium member. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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