Well, the name does remind one of that old sci-fi movie from way back when. Anyone old enough to remember The Blob is also too old to be 100% fluent in the world of cyberspace, so that may have something to do with blogophobia. Myself, I'm firmly in the gray-haired baby boomer generation. Even though I was doing Fortran programming on punch cards back in the 60's, and I worked for several years in the 90's as a freelance writer-editor, I managed to avoid the Internet until just this past year. I've had a lot of catching up to do, so to my delight and amazement, one of the easiest things I've used on the Internet is ... this blog.
With that reflection, I decided to do a few posts on the topic of My Blogosphere, to give some aid and comfort to those of you who are still unsure about how to use this blog, or any other, for your benefit. You techno-savvy types will find this elementary in the extreme, so feel free to scroll down to the next post. Okay, here goes:
- What's a blog? The word is a shortening of web log. My take is that it's like an Internet diary. Blog authors can write their posts daily, weekly, or any time they have something to say. The blog program automatically puts the most recent writing first, so all the entries, or "posts," come out in reverse chronological order.
- Why write a blog? Because it's amazingly easy and rewarding to push a button and see your words and pictures come out on the screen in pretty colors and nice formats for the whole world to view. Also, blog authors usually have egos that like a little stroking :-)
- Why not keep it in a website or a private file? Blogs are "push-button publishing" and I'm going to emphasize publishing. Here, publishing means making public and inviting comments from readers, all of which are supported by the blog format. Or, as I always say when I'm feeling snotty: if I wanted to keep a private diary, I could use a pen and spiral notebook - not a $1K computer!
In future posts on this topic, I'll tell you more about the world of blogs and how to feel comfortable as you navigate through it. Any of you technorati who have read this far, if you have any additions or corrections to what I've said, please post a comment here and share the wealth with the rest of us.