What Are Blogs? Like most online creations, the exact definition of "blogs" is still very much in flux. At its very basic, blogs -- or "Web logs" -- are literally online diaries with articles, writings, photos, Web links or other entries made by the blogs'''''''' creators, or "bloggers." The entries are typically listed in reverse chronological order where the most recent entry is on top and older "news" or musings can be found by scrolling down the Web page. Most blogs allow readers to leave their own comments or links to topics and other Web sites relevant to the entry or the blog''''''''s topical focus. Typically, this interactive nature allows bloggers to refer to each other''''''''s blogs, creating so-called "blogospheres" -- groups of blogs centered around specific themes, topics or interests.
Blogging is a new kind of journalism. One in which there are no editors or publishers to please, and where the personality of the writer can shine through without editing. Blogging is a unique technology that gives everyone the ability to publish their own editorial content without having to be a professional journalist. Blogging is a real-time, comfortable, conversational type of medium. It is popular because it is inexpensive and easy. With a simple blogging software tool, no technical skills are required. Blogging provides a unique flow of information that is unhindered by media owners and editors. Typically, blogs contain hyperlinks to other Web sites and stories, adding to their value.