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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Article 2, by Laura (second version)

What the Ďblogí are you talking about?

Blogging is hotter than ever. Creating a weblog is very easy these days, so everybody can be a journalist. For those who lived in a shelter last years, and have because of that no idea what blogging is about, Iíll give a short introduction.


What is a weblog?
A weblog (or blog) is a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. The most weblogs provide news, but there are also weblogs about personal things like hobbies, animals and traveling. The biggest difference with a regular website is the possibility to post comments on the articles, so it becomes interactive. Two other differences are the combination of text, photos and links to other blogs and the many updates. Most bloggers post new entries several times a day.

Popularity
Why is it that everybody talks about blogs? Many people (including myself) are wondering why itís so popular. Luckily for those people, researchers asked themselves the same question. They think itís because of the simplicity of posting and maintaining a weblog and the possiblity to get information quickly. Another reason is that there are many weblog services who offer free weblogs. These weblogs are easy to create because of the templates the services already made. That means you donít have to know anything about the technical part and that makes it much more user-friendly. In the United States, five percent of the population has had its own weblog in 2005. Iím pretty sure that number will be increased a lot last year.

Age doesnít matter
Who thinks blogging is just for young people, couldnít be more wrong. It is true that most bloggers are young people under the age of thirty, but not every owner of a weblog belongs to this age group. Allan Loof, 94 years old, is the worldís oldest blogger. Loof lives in Norrkoping, Sweden. By writing on his weblog (http://allanloof.blogspot.com) for one year now, he proves that you donít have to be young to be a blogger. Unfortunately his weblog is in Swedish, so I donít have a clue what heís writing about. But perhaps your Swedish is better than mine?


Sources:

∑ Pedro Valle Javier, Caribbean Business; 12/15/2005, Vol. 33 Issue 49, p35-36, read on: 10 December 2006, from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bsh&AN=19350194&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live

∑ Maria Antonova, Shigeaki Sadanar and Hugh MacTruong, 2004, Weblogs and politics, read on: 10 December 2006, from: http://home.gwu.edu/~hughmt/weblogs/introduction.html

∑ Eric Shackle, 2 December 2006, Will you still be blogging when youíre 94?, read on: 5 December 2006, from: http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?at_code=377551

∑ Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogging

Written by: Laura Claassen
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