This week we dove deep into the fundamentals of what a blog truly is and what it means to be network literate. While a blog can be used for many types of expression and hosts various pieces of information, in it’s most basic form, a blog is a series of published posts on the web. While these entries may vary in length and content, they are published in reverse chronological order so the viewer is able to see the latest post first. The blog isn’t just about the content, but the sum of all its parts. The writing, images, layout, links and the overall feel of the blog are all important parts that help to reflect a message and a purpose.
The word ‘blog’ itself is a combination of both ‘web’ and ‘log’. Like sailors who kept chronological ‘logs’ about their voyages at sea, a blog is also often used in a journal-like fashion. Blogs can be created for personal use, politics, business, to create a community and also for educational purposes. Because a blog has the feel of journal entries marked by date, time and headings, it also allows a diverse range of voices to contribute to the blog, that are not necessarily all by the one author.
While just about anyone can create a blog, being network literate will help you on the path to success with your site. You need to use the knowledge of networks, the idea of both creating and consuming, as well as knowing enough HTML to troubleshoot while controlling your online presence. The trick is, these all have to be put into practice simultaneously. There are some functions of a blog that will make that task easier, one of the biggest blessings being the inbuilt Content Management System that allows automation of a blog. This allows you to easily maintain the look of your blog, continuity of your posts and to focus on the content you set out to share with the online world.