The world has gone blogging mad hasn’t it? What started out as a great way to keep in touch, sharing experiences and photos with family and friends across the miles has now developed into a worldwide force to be reckoned with. Now then, don’t get me wrong, some of them are really interesting to read, I particularly like the ones where people keep a blog while traveling across remote parts of the world where there’s no plumbing, so that we can all share in their everyday experiences without having to put up with the smell, but some people just like the sound of their own blogging don’t they? Who cares! Blog roll please . . .
Of course, as more and more of us latch on to the blogging craze, it stands to reason that we need a good selection of easy to use (these “bloggers” are very often not that computer literate) blogging software, but fear not, there’s plenty to choose from. Blogging software has been adequately designed so that even the most unlikely, un-nerdy and un-geeky bloggers can easily create and maintain their weblogs. You can write, edit, invite comments from followers, add images and videos, there are all sorts of functions available these days making weblogs more and more sophisticated, and giving your reader(s) the impression that you actually know what you’re doing (I say reader(s) because often the only person who looks at these blogs is the person who writes them, but hey ho, the really interesting ones can soon build up a following of thousands).
Blogging Software Models
Many of these blogging applications can be downloaded and installed on your own system very easily. There’s lots of software blogging available which is “open source”, meaning that you don’t even have to pay for it, you can use it for free (that’s a good word isn’t it – free). Some of it has to be licensed, some are available through developers hosts, it just depends on which blogging software you choose.
All blogging software allows you to write, edit and publish your blog entries in the following way:
- Title – this is the headline of the post
- Body – this refers to the actual content of the post
- Permalink – this is the URL of the whole article for those who wish to read more
- Post Date – this records the date and time that the post was published
Optional extras include:
- Comments – readers are sometimes invited to add their comments to the entry, maybe correcting errors or simply expressing their own opinion about the content of the post
- Tags or Categories – an index to other relevant subjects which have been discussed on the blog. Tags are used to help reference what your blog is about, ie. Google.com, Wikipedia, AARP whatever…
- Pingback or Trackbacks – link back to other posts about the same topic
Even those people who are relatively new or inexperienced computer and internet users can soon get the hang of blogging. It’s easy, it’s fun and it really can open up a whole new world for you, helping you to keep in touch with old friends, as well as making lots of new ones.
Create a Free WordPress Blog
WordPress.com – Set up a free WordPress site.
Handy WordPress Links
WordPress.org – Here you can download WordPress software to create a blog.