December 06, 2007
While doing my research on the internet, a question just comes to me. How fast is the blogosphere growing? How many blogs are out there? According to a research done by Neil Sanderson, http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://neilsanderson.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/blogs_2007-04_blogs.gif&imgrefurl=http://neilsanderson.com/wp-trackback.php%3Fp%3D286&h=502&w=500&sz=82&hl=en&start=50&tbnid=MOFTcBd6faYITM:&tbnh=130&tbnw=129&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblogs%26start%3D40%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN, so far there are 70m webblogs tracked.
It's no doubt that there are so many blogs that even if we spend our whole lives non-stop looking at blogs, we can probably only see a little glimpse of the blogosphere.
With the evolution of blogs, the definition of it is starting to blur out. Started out as just a simple online diary, blogging had branched out into so many other different mediums. If you are tired of using the old way to blog, there are always easier ways.
Don't like to type? Try video blogs! Post videos on video sharing website, such as youtube on a regular basis. Blog by recording a clip of yourself.
Meanwhile, as more and more social networking websites emerge, like facebook and myspace with the function of blog implemented, blogging is no longer just writing an entry. Blog has become a part of socializing and networking with other people.
In conclusion, there doesn’t seem to be a limit to what blogs is doing to our lives. Go back a few years, and we see an article on CNET describing the future of blogging :
It definitely seems like the question in the heading: “whether blogs, short for Web logs, have the staying power to become more than just online diaries” has been answered.
December 04, 2007
Tips on Blogging
So after browsing others' blog, I learned many tiny tips on blogging. The first question is, what's the most important when blogging? This is a very simple question! The contents of your entries. A good entry will have sufficient evidence to support the claims even for the simplest statement made by the blogger.
There are many available resources online. I usually find statistics and information on http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/01/23/blogging-tips-hundreds-of-resources-for-finding-content-for-your-blog/
It is also essential that not to only write about what we care. There are readers of our blog. To capture their attention, we need to make our entries creative and unique. So pick a good topic and find an interesting perspective to write the topic!
Now we have the cake(the content of the blog), what we need to do is to put icing and cream on it. Dress up the blog with pictures and videos and colors. Depends on the contents, use the appropriate language. Not too long or too short.
Ultimately, what we are trying to do with a blog is not just trying to entertain and educate others, but also to DISTINGUISH OURSELVES!
December 02, 2007
In my last entry, I talked about why we blog and how powerful blogging is. In this entry, I am going to choose some inspiring blogs fromt this huge, forever-expanding World Wide Web.
In my previous entry "why blog?", I forgot to mention about political blogs earlier. Political blogs are very commonly used by politicians to express their view. In their entries, they usually present very well supported arguments. Some prominent politicians however, use blog as a way to advertise for his or her campaign.
Check out Hillary Clinton's Blog: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/blog/
Being a busy candidiate, Hillary does not have time to write entry for her blog. Instead, her blogger Crystal Patterson writes for her.
If you do like specific blogs written by particular people, you can go to some big blogging websites, which show public entries of its bloggers.
One of my favourite websites is http://dailykos.com/
Looking for something lighter? Another favourite blog of mine is Carpe Diem, a blog on daily economics by Professor Mark J. Perry. http://mjperry.blogspot.com/ His stories are just inspiring!
Next: Tips of Blogging. How to blog more efficiently!