weblogA weblog (often web log, also known as a blog, see below) is a website that tracks headlines and articles from other websites. They are frequently maintained by volunteers and are typically devoted to a specific audience or topic.The word weblog is believed to have been coined by Jorn Barger in December 1997.Weblogs are often-updated sites that point to articles elsewhere on the web, often with comments, and to on-site articles. A weblog is kind of a continual tour, with a human guide who you get to know. There are many guides to choose from, each develops an audience, and there’s also comraderie and politics between the people who run weblogs, they point to each other, in all kinds of structures, graphs, loops, etc. —  (http://newhome.weblogs.com/historyOfWeblogs)Weblogs are useful for web-surfers because they often collect numerous web sites with interesting content in an easy to use and constantly updated format.The format of web logs varies, from simple bullet lists of hyperlinks, to article summaries with user-provided comments and ratings.Some web logs specialise in particular forms of presentation, such as images, or videos, or on a particular theme, and acronyms have been developed for some of these, such as moblogs (for “mobile” blog).The totality of web logs and blog-related webs is usually called the blogosphere (http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?lastnode_id=1374653&node_id=1374650).Creating and Publishing WeblogsSince their introduction, a number of software packages have appeared to allow people to create their own web log. Blog hosting sites and Web services to provide editing via the Web have proliferated. Common examples include pitas (http://www.pitas.com), blogger (http://www.blogger.com), and xanga (http://www.xanga.com).Many more advanced bloggers prefer to generate their blogs by using software tools such as Movable Type, and then to publish their articles on their own Web site, or on a third party site. This provides some greater flexibility and power, but requires more knowledge. Additionally, it may reduce the ease of creating and editing text for travellers, some of whom like to produce their travelblogs from Internet cafes as they travel around the globe.Many blogging tools have also been developed to improve the blogging experience, with commonly used ones providing blogrolls and feedback comment systems. Well known examples of these are blogrolling (http://www.blogrolling.com) and the commenting system YACCS (http://rateyourmusic.com/yaccs/). Tools such as w.bloggar (http://wbloggar.com/) allow users to maintain their Web hosted blog without the need to use the (generally somewhat slower) Web based editing tools. Fundamental enhancements to weblog technology continue to be developed. The most intriguing one, generating growing interest in 2003, is Movable Type’s trackback feature which enables automatic notification between websites of related content such as a post on a particular topic or which responds to a post on another weblog  (http://www.movabletype.org/trackback/beginners/).Types of WeblogsBlog usually means a personal web log, a type of online diary, or journal (LiveJournal is a good, popular example) run by special blog software. Blog sites make it possible for users without much experience to create, format, and post entries with ease. People write their day-to-day experiences, complaints, poems, prose, illicit thoughts and more, often allowing others to contribute, fulfilling to a certain extent Tim Berners-Lee’s original view of the World Wide Web as a collaborative medium. In 2001, the popularity of blogs increased dramatically.Another common kind of blog is a political blog. Often an individual will link to articles from news web sites and post their own comments as well. Many of these blogs comment on whatever interests the author. Some of them are more specialized. One subspecies is the watch blog, a blog which sets out to criticize what the author considers systematic errors or bias in an online newspaper or news site – or perhaps even by a more popular blogger. One of the earliest and most popular examples of this genre of blog is http://www.AndrewSullivan.com, the personal blog of Anglo-American journalist and writer Andrew Sullivan which claims (as of late 2002, early 2003) over 250,000 unique visitors per month.Weblog History, CharacteristicsWeblogs have some similarities with wikis, in that they may stimulate community interaction, and some allow reader feedback. Web logs do not generally permit readers to modify existing text.The word blog was coined by see the editorial (http://www.oed.com/public/news/0206.htm)).Amateur radio is, in many ways, the predecessor of the modern internet. Ham radio logs formed a sort-of precursor to the modern web log. With miniaturization, ham radio equipment evolved from fixed (located in homes and offices) to mobile (automotive, in cars, vans, and boats) to portable (handheld, wearable, and even implantable)  (http://wearcam.org/ouiki/fixedmobileportable.htm). Portable ham radio gear made possible the CyborgLog (http://wearcam.org/glogs.htm) (cyborglog, or “glog” for short) in which early cyborg communities were possible. Glogs also gave rise to early electronic newsgathering on the Web (http://wearcam.org/previous_experiences/eastcampusfire/index.html).Related terms BlogstreamExternal LinksExample Weblogs (see also Friends of Wikipedia/Personal weblogs)http://www.instapundit.com/ — considered the “blogfather” among the “blog” community, at it’s peak it had 1.6 million in it’s audienceSlashdotKuro5hinSalam Pax’s site Where is Raed?CityCynic.com (http://www.citycynic.com/): The life of a New Yorker who doesn’t know when to quit.Independent Media Centerhttp://www.AndrewSullivan.comhttp://wmf.editthispage.com/http://www.xplane.com/xblog/http://www.scripting.com/http://www.backwash.com/http://www.bradlands.com/http://www.theartofpeace.blogspot.com/robot wisdom weblog (http://www.robotwisdom.com/) — probably the most original weblog (in terms of a weblog as a regularly/daily updated list of interesting links) and the one whose author is said to have coined the term weblog (see here (http://www.rebeccablood.net/essays/weblog_history.html))Samizdata.net (http://www.samizdata.net/blog/) – a critically rational libertarian perspectiveWebsites that analyze weblogs Weblogs.com (http://www.weblogs.com/) – a list of weblogs updated in the last three hours Blogdex (http://www.blogdex.net/) – tracks links from blogs, part of the MIT Media Lab Popdex (http://www.popdex.com/) – similar to Blogdex Blogosphere Ecosystem (http://www.truthlaidbear.com/ecosystem.shtml)Daypop (http://www.daypop.com/) – weblog search engine, also tracks links from blogs blogosphere.us (http://www.blogosphere.us/) – similar to blogdex and popdex, but provides graphs and commentary as wellBlog directoriesBlogwise (http://www.blogwise.com/)Eatonweb Portal (http://portal.eatonweb.com/)Linked – Weblog and Journal Database (http://www.fried-spaghetti.com/links/)blo.gs (http://www.blo.gs) – also includes a list of recently updated weblgosRegional or Language-specificSvenskt Webbloggindex (Swedish) (http://mymarkup.net/php/blogdatalite.php)Blog editing publishing toolsWriting and Publishing toolsMovable Type (http://www.movabletype.org/) and TypePad (http://www.typepad.com) by Six Apart (http://www.sixapart.com/)Blogger (http://www.blogger.com) (owned by Google)Blosxom (http://www.raelity.org/apps/blosxom/)pMachine (http://www.pmachine.com/)Radio Userland (http://radio.userland.com/)b2 (http://cafelog.com/)AOL Hometown (http://hometown.aol.com/)Other toolsTextism (http://www.textism.com/tools/textile/)Blogrolling (http://www.blogrolling.com) – publish a blogroll (links to other blogs)w.bloggar (http://wbloggar.com/)MTBlogtimes (http://nilesh.org/mt/blogtimes/)YACCS (http://rateyourmusic.com/yaccs/) – allow comments on blog postsFurther Referenceshttp://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?WebLog on MeatballWikihttp://www.weblogkitchen.com/ Learn about weblogs (http://www2.iro.umontreal.ca/~paquetse/cgi-bin/wiki.cgi?Learn_About_Weblogs) on Know-how WikiGuardian: weblog guide (http://www.guardian.co.uk/weblogarticle/0,6799,394059,00.html)Guardian: world weblogs (http://www.guardian.co.uk/weblog/special/0,10627,752814,00.html) – list from above siteCyborgLogs (cyborglogs, or “glogs”) (http://wearcam.org/glogs.htm)weblogs: a history and perspective (http://www.rebeccablood.net/essays/weblog_history.html) by Rebecca Blood.dave2002 – a weblog themed around weblogs and wikis (http://dave2002.pitas.com)Compendium of terms (http://www.lights.com/weblogs/tools.html)ExamplesVertigo (http://www.jetlagged.net/cuervo/)Goldfish Dream of Zen Gardens – An Animation and Comics Weblog (http://www.rocketbomb.co.uk/goldfish/)Antipixel (http://www.antipixel.co.uk)Meish (http://www.meish.org/)This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, and uses material from the Wikipedia article “weblog”.
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