Beginners Guides: Creating a Weblog / Blog
In the 90's
Grunge was in. Now in the 00's, Blogging is the next biggest thing. Create your own Blog
page, or simply find out what all the fuss is about. - Version
Nothing personifies the
Internet's promise of easy and unlimited communication possibilities quite like
the humble weblog. Never mind the millions of commercially driven website; what
could be more creative than placing your own thoughts, feelings, art, rants,
your own... whatever, in front of a potential audience of millions?
Weblog or Blog is a frequently
updated online journal, organized by date and containing whatever the person
that creates it wants to put down. Essentially, blogs are simple non-commercial
personal websites. Among certain sets, the blog has become almost as popular as
the ever-present instant messaging services as a communication tool. Whether
used as an online diary, a forum for political rants, or simply for stream of
consciousness commentary on day-to-day life, a blog is an easy (and now
well-accepted) way of communicating your thoughts and feelings to the world.
Like any other site on the
Internet, a weblog requires an IP address (like 188.8.131.52) and a DNS name
WWW.myblog.isnotreallyhere.org) in order to be
visitable online. This means that a blog site needs to be hosted on a
web server like any other website.
The major difference between blogs and websites is
that blogs are generally single pages only, the majority of which is text. This
means that they take up very little space on a given web server, and also means
that they are very easy to create and update.
This flexibility has led to a multitude of
free blogging services offering both hosting (some with ads, some without) and
software to let you easily update your blog without HTML skills. Most of these
services provide some sort of index to help you draw readers to your blog. And
after that, you're on your own to write, or complain about whatever you
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Creating your own Blog
The first thing you should have
in order to create your weblog is a plan of action. What are you going to write
about? How often? Why would people read it, and do you care? This may seem kind
of trivial now, but without such a plan, the chances of your blog lasting are
next to none. Enthusiasm and focus are important here. If you are planning to
communicate with friends through your blog, it's time to make sure they all have
memberships to the service you will use.
Once you got your modus
operandi set, it's time to think about where and how you are going to create and
update your blog.
Let's start with a list of
various free blogging software and services. After this, we will follow up with
a tutorial on creating your weblog.
Blogger.com Probably the
easiest to use of all the combination blog update/free hosting sites. One of
Blogger's major pluses is its support for third-party blog sites, meaning you
can set up and update a weblog on your own website using Blogger. You are not
restricted to using their hosting service.
blog site that offers free hosting and updating of weblogs using the built-in
interface. Considerably more community oriented than blogger.com but less
flexible. It allows message boards so people can respond to your posts on your
Xanga.com : Free hosting blog
site similar to livejournal but with a considerably busier interface and more
options. Allows readers of your blog to comment as well as 'subscribe' to be
informed when you update it.
are just some of the more popular free blogging services available. For a more
complete list, try here