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FAQ

1. What is a blog?
2. When did blogging begin?
3. Who blogs?
4. How many blogs exist?
5. How often do bloggers post?
6. How do blogs relate to journalism?
7. How are blogs changing society?
8. What is moblogging?
9. How do I start my own blog?
10. Where can I find a blog directory?
11. What is a blogroll?

1. What is a blog?
A blog, otherwise known as a weblog, is a Web site that has dated entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs update frequently, archive each post and link to other Web sites and blogs. Blogs typically focus on one topic and posts are usually short. Some have comment services, where the reader can comment on each blog post. 2

For more information, visit the Blog what? Web page.

2. When did blogging begin?
Blogging began in the mid 1990s. The term "weblog" was coined in 1997, which was shortened to "blog" in 1999. Blogging gained momentum in 1999, but did not explode until the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. 2

For more information, visit the History Web page.

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3. Who blogs?
The average blogger is a teenage girl who posts every two weeks to update her friends on her life. People under 30 created 92.4 percent of blogs. Women created 56 percent of blogs. 10

For more information, visit the Who blogs? Web page.

4. How many blogs exist?
4.12 million blogs have been created on the eight popular blog-hosting services: Blog-City, BlogSpot, Diaryland, LiveJournal, Pitas, TypePad, Weblogger and Xanga. 10

For more information, visit the Who blogs? Web page.

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5. How often do bloggers post?
Active blogs are updated on average every two weeks, with 50,000 blogs updating daily. However, 1.09 million blogs were abandoned upon creation and 1.63 million blogs were abandoned after an average 126 days. 10

For more information, visit the Who blogs? Web page.

6. How do blogs relate to journalism?
Bloggers filter and edit information like journalists. However, bloggers add commentary and analysis, whereas journalists are supposed to be objective. Bloggers usually have no professional journalism training. 2 A symbiotic relationship exists between blogging and journalism, with bloggers seeking information provided by journalists and journalists depending on bloggers to link to articles. 8

For more information, visit the Media effects Web page.

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7. How are blogs changing society?
Blogs provide alternative and dissenting viewpoints that the mass media does not always cover. Bloggers and readers become media literate and develop better writing skills. Blogging allows average people to become part of the news process. 2

For more information, visit the Media effects Web page.

8. What is moblogging?
Moblogging is when bloggers use mobile devices to post photos, video and text to blogs. 8

For more information, visit the History Web page.

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9. How do I start my own blog?
Blog-City, BlogSpot, Diaryland, LiveJournal, Pitas, TypePad, Weblogger and Xanga are the most popular blog-hosting services. Just follow the easy directions on the Home page to begin blogging.

10. Where can I find a blog directory?
Because millions of blogs exist, there is no comprehensive directory. However, the following links make a great effort:

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11. What is a blogroll?
A blogroll is a list of other blogs a blogger finds interesting and may even read. Blogrolls are usually found on either the right or left of a blog post. Also, a blogroll lets other bloggers become aware of your blog because you link to them.