Social Media Buzz – Blogs

By on October 2, 2012
scrabble board with the word blog

By Susan Stilwell –

I remember the first time I heard the word “blog.” We were playing Scrabble with our kids and my husband plunked down the letters.

“That’s not a word,” my daughter accused.

“Yes, it is,” replied her dad. “Look it up online.”

Somebody walked all the way over to the computer (yes, this was before smartphones and tablets and the like) and typed in the word. Sure enough, there it was:

blog
— n
informal  Full name: weblog
a journal written online and accessible to users of the internet

(Courtesy World English Dictionary)

I had no idea that in a few short years, I’d have not one but TWO blogs and be well-versed in SEO, HTML and all sorts of other stuff I’d never even heard of.

I love blogging for two reasons:

INFORMATION

Blogs are basically informational websites, and there are blogs for everything: photography, breastfeeding, politics, sports, plumbing, music, fashion, etc. Even television programs like Survivor have blogs!

No matter your area of interest, you can probably find someone blogging about it. Which is another fabulous feature of a blog:

COMMUNITY

One of the most fun things about a blog is its community. Not only can you find information and get to know the blog’s author, you can also read the comments and get to meet other folks with the same interests. It’s kind of like an online cocktail party, except you never get cornered by some obnoxious boor.

Bloggers update their blogs with what’s called a “post.” When you visit the blog, the most recent post is listed first, so you can always get the latest news. If the blog is set up properly, you can “subscribe by email” and be notified anytime there’s a new post.

Most bloggers write their posts to encourage comments, and gracious bloggers respond to comments. You don’t have to have a blog to leave a comment; you only need an email address or another form of identification. (This helps prevent spam.)

Interested in starting a blog of your own? It’s not as hard as you might think, but it does take some thought and planning. I maintain an instructional site, and this post has helpful info to consider: Thinking About Starting A Blog?

By the way, without landing on any Premium Squares, “blog” is worth 7 points.

About Susan Stilwell

When Susan left her job as a computer analyst to stay home with her two toddlers, she figured she’d used her technical expertise for the last time. Twenty years later, she’s pairing that expertise with wit and humor as she explains technical concepts in easy-to-understand terms. She also has experience with a variety of social media platforms making her a welcome contributor to the Living Better at 50+ team. Susan is also a seasoned Bible teacher and Christian speaker. Passionate about God’s Word, she’s a prolific devotional writer and a popular guest blogger. She and her husband enjoy their empty nest in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. Connect with Susan on Twitter at @susanrstilwell and on her website, www.susanstilwell.com

One Comment

  1. Dan from Get Instagram Follower

    October 15, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Social networking is the home of “word of mouth” marketing. This medium is the source of unfettered opinions on everything. All topics are allowed and the truth is that the medium is the best source of information about any business.

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Social Media Buzz – Blogs