WWW FAQs: What is a blog?

2004-09-14: a web page that presents short journal entries in chronological order, newest first, is typically referred to as a "blog" or "weblog." Most blogs emphasize links to other pages and sites, and most entries are short commentaries or even simple one-sentence links to an interesting page somewhere else. Many blogs are concerned with current news events and often provide unabashedly partisan commentary. "Blogging," of course, is the act of writing a blog; those who write blogs are sometimes referred to as "bloggers."

The term "weblog" was apparently coined by John Barger in 1999. The term was contracted to "blog" later that same year by Peter Merholz.

For more information about blogging, see "how do I create a blog?"

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