Blogging Basics

Blogging for beginners

This post could have easily been titled, Blogging 101, because it consists primarily of information about the blogging vocabulary, which any blogging enthusiast would agree, is essential to a thorough understanding of what comprises a blog.

In other words, every newcomer to blogging needs to know the meaning of terms such as blog, platform, domain, domain name and web host; and once s/he has mastered these key elements of blogging, s/he can enter any conversation about blogging with confidence.

In fact, after the new blogger understands exactly what a blog is, s/he will then be on the way to passing the critical test of choosing an appropriate topic about which to blog. Such a topic should be recognizable and compelling, but must also be presented in a way that extends to readers an invitation, as well as the opportunity, to participate in an ongoing dialog with the blogger and with each other.

At times the mere definition of “blog,” which is short for weblog, poses a problem for some who are not familiar with the term or the activity; but the term weblog is defined by as:

Essentials of a blog

“a personal Web site that provides updated headlines and news articles of other sites that are of interest to the user, [and] also may include journal entries, commentaries and recommendations compiled by the user;” and although the word blog have at times been defined in other ways, this contemporary definition should be enough to clear up any misconceptions of what a blog is.

Articles written and published (publishing is the process by which content is placed on the Web) to a blog are described as posts and are presented in reverse chronological order.

So essentially, a blog is comprised of articles, journal entries, commentaries and other such content posted and updated on a regular basis. And although the majority of blogs are in text form, there are also photo blogs and video blogs which may sometimes incorporate text content on a given blog-site, or may be the singular kind of content found on some blogs.

There are additional aspects of blogging that are mostly technical in nature, but should be studied or researched by individuals who are thinking about setting up their own blogs for the first time. Such terms as blogging platform, web host, domain and domain name cannot be avoided or ignored by individuals – including bloggers – who intend to publish content to the Web, because the terms describe integral components of blogging in particular and Web publishing in general.

Technical aspects of blogging

So let’s take a closer look at these technical terms.

Blogging Platform is a computer software program that allows individuals to write posts and to update their blogs. A blogging platform is also used to design the look of a blog, in terms of color scheme, formatting and font size. Some popular blogging platforms are WordPress, Blogger, Linked-In and Tumblr (a photo blogging platform).

Web Host (or host) is an entity that provides the space which a blog or website occupies on the Web. Hosting can be described as a virtual file cabinet where the blog (and other content) is stored and made available to visitors; but without hosting for such content, it cannot get on the Web.

Domain is the Web address of a website, Web page, video or blog that is published to the Web; and while most domains might end in .com, there are some that will end in .net, .info, .biz or one of several other extensions, depending the kind of blog being published, and the purpose for which it is being published.

Domain Name is what the domain is actually comprised of and can also be the name or title of a blog or website, but may also differ from the blog title. For example, in the Web address, “,” the domain name is “tpjaveton” and, as is true for this blog, the online address differs from the blog title, which is TPJaveton WebNet, although the title could easily have been identical to the domain name.

Your uniquely creative blog

In conclusion, having a relatively good understanding of what a blog is, as well as a working knowledge of the technical terms of blogging-related essentials like domains, domain names and Web hosts will be exceedingly helpful to new bloggers from all backgrounds and professions who aspire to share their own unique stories with interested members of the larger WWW (Wide Word Web) community.

About Blogging Sites: Niche, Nuance, Style!

Due to what seems like an infinite number of blogs – and websites about blogs – on the internet, it can be tough for a casual user or Web surfer to distinguish one blogging site – yours – from the many others in existence; and whether you are starting a new website aimed at bloggers, or looking to make your existing blog site more distinctive, the key to building and maintaining a site that will capture the interest and attention of the blogging community is in finding your niche.

If you can fill a unique need in a way that no other blog or website does, you’ll be able to build a lasting readership from the online community. Keep in mind, however, that the discovery of such a niche does not mean your work is done; because there will still be a lot of work to do, even though the point at which you find your place in the blogosphere is the place to begin carving out your own unique place in the online universe.

Every great blogging site starts with a great idea, because you really can’t build a successful and lasting site without one; and since there are many great sites aimed at today’s bloggers, and competition for the attention of this growing demographic is so fierce, it is important to make your blog stand out from the pack; so you will need to offer something that no other site is currently offering; or if you have to do the same thing that an already popular site is doing, you will have to do it in a more impressive and valuable way.

One way to discover an ideal model for your blogging site is to look at the sites that have already been successful in capturing a blogging audience, and then determine whether or not you can utilize similar strategies to help realize your vision. Of course, you may also need to add somewhat of a unique flair to your project in order to stand apart from your competition, but that should be less tasking than creating the niche itself.

Many people agree that websites which do the best in today’s market are those sites that have the most personality; and they also agree that the fiercely individual surfers (rugged individualists?) who are bloggers, are a demographic that responds especially strong to personality; so consider how you can give your site a unique and attractive nuance by lending your own voice and sensibility to your site’s design and content.

Once you have a great idea for your site, have pinpointed a special niche that you are well equipped to fill, and have infused the site with personality; the next step is figuring out how to get the word out to the blogging community. In the long run, a great idea just isn’t enough to propel your blogging site to success. You will need to draft a smart and realistic marketing plan in order to draw readers to your site.

Once you have attracted the attention of, and enticed bloggers to visit your site, you can keep them coming back with interesting and compelling (great?) content; but it is vital to get that first glance of your site, or it won’t have a chance to shine.