What’s a Blog?

You can find a long answer here

The short answer is that a blog is a website that usually provides a way to notify you of updates.  Also:

  • A blog can cover a number of topics – spirituality, technology, motherhood, finances, funny cat pictures, etc.
  • A blog can have one or more authors.
  • Blog entries (also called posts) are usually listed in chronological order, with the most recent post at the top.
  • Readers can usually interact with a blog by posting a comment.

How can I know if a blog has been updated?

A blog can notify you that it’s been updated if it has an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed.  Look for a picture  that looks something like the one to the left somewhere on the webpage.  (Read this for a good explanation of RSS.)

You can usually click on the picture to subscribe to the feed. You can subscribe to the feed in a feed reader like Google Reader.  You’ll need to sign up (it’s free!), but it’s worth it for the convenience.

Another way to get updates to this blog is by email. Just click here, enter your email address, and updates will be sent to your email inbox. You can unsubscribe at any time, although I don’t know why you’d want to.  ;-)

How can I let the blog author know what I think about the posts?

The truly special feature of a blog is that readers can interact with the authors and each other by posting comments.  You’ll usually find the comment link below each post.  Blog authors (including me!) love comments.  Just click on the comment link and write as if you’re having a conversation with the author and readers.  But remember – don’t write anything that you don’t want the whole world to know!