Simply Put : What Is A Blog?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Professionals MN Broker #40288835

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girls & computers Since we are constantly adding to our numbers on Active Rain - I thought a little information on blogging might be in order.  When I do my Realtor presentations on  home staging, I mention Active Rain and blogging and send out invites to the agents in the following days.  My success rate is not good, so I can't give you tips on "how to get people to join". But , often, although they have heard the term blog, they really don't have a clue as to what that means.  They even inform me that their Real Estate agency has urged them to start blogging and they don't.  This article is not about the merits of blogging - but what it is. Your spell checker doesn't even know, unless you program it.

  From WordPress, another site I blog on and help with edits:

"Blog" is an abbreviated version of "weblog," which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is a frequently updated, personal website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.

Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, home staging, photography, or mobile technology. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to a variety of other sites. And others are more like personal journals, presenting the author's daily life and thoughts.

Generally speaking (although there are exceptions), blogs tend to have a few things in common:

  • A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top. Often, the articles are organized into categories.
  • An archive of older articles.
  • A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
  • A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a "blogroll".
  • One or more "feeds" like RSS, Atom or RDF files.

Some blogs may have additional features beyond these.

 

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Rainmaker
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Well put.
Sep 18, 2007 05:50 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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Kathleen, This is really good information for anyone who is new to blogging.  I'm sure they're going to find it useful and maybe they'll start if they've been reluctant to blog before.
Sep 18, 2007 12:14 PM #2
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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Levi and Carole - It was my hope that the Active Rain newbies might, with a little knowledge -  bust out a few blogs.
Sep 18, 2007 04:46 PM #3
Rainer
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Yvonne Root
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Kathleen, Wow, I needed this information. Lest you believe I jest; consider this. I have agreed to speak about blogging at one of the upcoming meetings for one of my networking groups. Last month when the person in charge of getting speakers mentioned that I would be speaking about blogging you should have heard the question in her voice as she said, "Yvonne Root will be speaking about . . . uh, um I guess it is called uh blogging(?) in November." Thanks for the info. 
Sep 19, 2007 10:34 AM #4
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penny white
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Kathleen,

I admit I am one of those who have not blogged yet, but I'm working up the courage! I'm a little weary of the secret tribal council that might throw me off the blogging island if I don't pick something interesting or informative enough to survive here! lol  but really, thank you for the  info, I promise to put it to good use soon!

                                                                                            Penny                                                               

Sep 19, 2007 11:51 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Lola Audu
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Kathleen, I continue to be amazed that spell checkers Everywhere, including most blogging sites and Active Rain do NOT seem to recognize what a Blog is!  It's definitely beginning to become more widely talked about...but you're right in noting that many people still have absolutely no clue what it is. 

Sep 20, 2007 02:46 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Garvey
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver - Denver, CO
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Thanks Kathleen....you lost me on the last one.....what are those things called 'feeds' and what do they do?  My brain is so crammed full of internet jargon, passwords, cell phone issues.....I am going numb with the amount of knowledge I do not know!!  It drives this little Gemini insane!!  : )  Regards-Kathleen
Sep 20, 2007 04:11 AM #7
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Penny-

Come on in and play. You need 50 words or more for a blog that gives points, so your comment here is like a blog.

No one leaves this island - one side is occupied by cannibals and the other side with head shrinkers  - so if you have a inflated head go there - if you want to lose your head go to the other side.

Don't give up your torch, ever.!!! 

Game on. 

Sep 20, 2007 06:28 AM #8
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Kathleen G.-

This is pretty deep stuff for a blond , but if you click on the blue word "feeds" above and then go to comprehensive list - it will tell you more that you care to know or really even need to. 

I now have an address book to list websites, user name, and Password because I am on sooooo many. 

When I turn on my light switch, the light comes on (usually) but I really don't get the entire electrical sequencing blah, blah stuff. 

Sep 20, 2007 06:37 AM #9
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Kathleen Garvey
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver - Denver, CO
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Thanks Kathleen L....my brain is filled with so many other important things, these little nuances seem to constantly gather and grow in the ether out there!!!  Probably a smart idea to have an address book just for those purposes!! 

The networking-internet stuff is pretty amazing....it is far easier to simply not ask what things are and just go with the flow!!  : )  That is this gal's easy-breezy solution for now!!  Besides...don't let the golden hair fool ya!  LOL!

Regards-Kathleen G.

Sep 20, 2007 10:07 AM #10
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