About blogs

What is a blog

Viewing Blogs

What kind of blog you want to create?

Starting a blog

Using blogging tools to create your own blog

Slideshow with ideas on using Weblogs in the EFL Classroom

Using Weblogs in the EFL Class
Christina Markoulaki

Links to articles on using blogs in ESL/EFL

Weblogs for Use with ESL Classes
Aaron Campbell

Blogging for ELT
Graham Stanley

Creating a Writing Course Using Class and Student Blogs
Andrew Johnson

 

 

Create Your Own ESL/EFL Blogs

Sandy Peters

Blog

What is a blog?

A blog (a weblog) is a different kind of website which is organized by posts of content—text, photos, videos, podcasts—on an ongoing basis. Readers can post comments to these postings.

It's hard to provide any one definition of a blog. Here's a definition from Wikipedia:

A blog ( contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of event, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronical order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Blogger.com provides a simpler definition:

In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.
Ways blog differs from other web pages
  • You don't have to know any HTML coding to create a blog as it is created and powered by easy-to use web-based software. In minutes you can set up a writing space on the Web.

  • A blog is organized by posts of content which are usually arranged in reverse chronological order so that the reader sees the most recent post at the top of the page. Content in the posts can be edited and updated quickly and easily—just by typing and clicking a post button. As the blog is powered by web-based software, your posts can be made from any computer at any time.

  • A special commenting feature creates interactivity between the blog writer and the readers. After reading a post, readers can easily add comments.

  • All posts (entries) have a time and date stamp. Also, posts are automatically archived on the blog.

 

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