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February 23, 2004 7:40 AM   Subscribe

What is a Blog? Does anyone have any links to decent, well written explanations, explaining the phenomenon of Blogging? It needs to be as non-techy as possible and preferably from a mainstream, well regarded source.

My enthusiasm for the technology doesn't seem to be translating into understanding with my marketings bods ;o)
posted by MintSauce to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Checkout the first two links on the "About MetaFilter" page. They are very useful.
posted by machaus at 7:52 AM on February 23, 2004


See rebeccablood's site for the definitive history of weblogs.
posted by brownpau at 8:08 AM on February 23, 2004


(Oops, the About page that machaus linked had a link to rb's history page. Carry on, then. :P )
posted by brownpau at 8:09 AM on February 23, 2004


The term "weblog" and what it pertains to have become quite mutable.
posted by me3dia at 9:56 AM on February 23, 2004


This conference is now over, but there's a lot of material on the site by marketing bimbos for marketing bimbos.
posted by scarabic at 11:01 AM on February 23, 2004


Reverse-chronological listing of links with associated commentary. As concise as I can make it.
posted by adamgreenfield at 11:42 AM on February 23, 2004


Actually, one could make the argument that you're blogging right now.
posted by werty at 11:49 AM on February 23, 2004


Well, most blogs are personal whereas Metafilter is collaborative, but werty is right - you're soaking in it (so to speak).
posted by O9scar at 2:24 PM on February 23, 2004


Obligatory self-link to a lengthy wonderchicken screed. You might find some useful outward-bound links from there as well.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:44 PM on February 23, 2004


The Weblog FAQK
posted by rorycberger at 6:16 PM on February 23, 2004


A definition.
posted by hot soup girl at 2:52 AM on February 24, 2004


Clearly defined in this 37signals Blogging for Business presentation.
posted by fried at 3:13 PM on February 24, 2004


There is a whole page About Blogs on the Joi Ito Wiki, our beloved Megnut explained What We're Doing When We Blog on O'Reilly Network, George Siemens explained What blogging is, etc etc etc.

As you can tell from the pages linked above (which all refer each other), a weblog mainly consists of items about and links to other blogs. ;-)

Last link: http://huminf.uib.no/~jill/archives/blog_theorising/final_version_of_weblog_definition.html
posted by roel at 12:55 PM on February 25, 2004


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