Whenever I tell someone who isn’t as internet savvy as I am that I make money blogging, they always ask me what a blog is. When I stop to think about it, defining the term “blog” has been rather difficult for me and has always resulted in debating with myself what the differences are between a website and a blog. I end up telling this person that a blog is a personal website which is updated frequently, which in most cases it is. But how would that explain sites such as Engadget, ReadWriteWeb or TechCrunch. These are not personal websites, they are online businesses.
Let’s take a trip to Google and make use of the define:blog query and see what happens:
- A blog is a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. … www.sussexlearningnetwork.org.uk/glossary/B
- Online journal. The term BLOG comes from web log. www.emerge-solutions.com/learning_glossary.html
- A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links. www.cpseo.com/glossary.html
- A Blog style within Mambo is the listing of records in a summary form. Example: It could be by link only, or showing just the introductory text with a link to the complete text. Often the “News” page is written in Blog style. fman.by.ru/mambo/help/mambo.glossary.html
- Web LOG is a journal kept on the internet. This journal is often updated daily and contains all information that the person maintaining the BLOG (Blogger) wishes to share with the world. … www.aprompt.co.uk/support/glossary.asp
These were just the first five results with each one being a little bit different. What is a blog to you? Do you find yourself arguing the differences between a blog and a website? Are they not one in the same? Furthermore, what can be constituted as a blog rather than a website?