What is blog? Baby don’t hurt me

This post will be a display of blog-ception (think: the movie inception but with blogs). I will be determining what a blog is and exploring its history, all the while doing it through my blog, the very medium I am defining. Confused yet?

The first reading by Rettberg detailed the history of blogs and its changing definition. Originally known as Weblogs, blogs developed around the same time as the internet. Blogs were remarkable because they were a platform that allowed for regular people to be publishers. Now people could publish anything that they wanted; reviews, passions, thoughts- whatever tickled their fancy. Blogs varied from short comments in relation to other webpages, to long, opinionated entries engaging with other blogs and materials from the outside world.

Before platforms like Blogger.com existed, people would create their own HTML codes when formatting their blog entries, e.g. manually placing

before and after a paragraph. Since the invention of automated blogging platforms, blogging has become more accessible and easier to use as one doesn’t have to worry about coding in order to publish their blog posts. One can choose a design from a template listed and can customise it to suit the personality of their blog.

Rettberg, Jill Walker. Blogging. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2008. Print. (p. 4, 17-30)

The second reading by Miles discusses the use of blogs in education, specifically in teaching media and communication. Miles defines a blog by its physical characteristics; the short length of text, the publishers name, the timestamp and the posts being displayed in a reverse chronological order.

Miles believes that using blogs as a tool for assessment will mean that students will actively engage with their blogs and not simply abandon it upon its creation. He views blogs as tools for reflection and a way to actively participate in an online community, encouraging students to engage with other student’s blogs through commenting and referencing.

Miles, Adrian. Network Literacy: The New Path to Knowledge [online]. Screen Education, No. 45, 2007: 24-30.

 

Title song inspired: What is love, Haddaway.