What Is Blogging And Who Are The Bloggers?
In a recent past, I remember watching an early evening news broadcast on television featuring a news conference of Sen. Miriam Santiago where a participant raised her hand and introduce herself as a blogger. The feisty senator, in an apparent surprise, asked “Blogger? What is that?”. She was expecting that all of those in the audience are members of mainstream media and so they will just say their name and media outfit when recognized as the next one to ask question. In that instance, it was clearly shown that even the best minds in the country do not have a clear understanding of what is blogging and what does a blogger do.
So, what really is blogging? Can those people posting their opinions and venting their ire at the bottom of online news be called bloggers? Are bloggers, journalists too? I may not have the exact answers to these questions but let me jot down here what I feel are the best and worst definitions of bloggers as mentioned in the many online references that I have been to. The definitions of the term are plenty and it is up to you which are the ones that define blogging and bloggers best.
According to Dictionary.com, a blog is “a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites”. A post by an owner in such a website is also called a blog. As a verb and used without object, the same source defines blogging as “maintaining or adding new entries to a blog”. Consequently, a blogger is “a writer who owns a website containing his personal experiences, observations, opinions, etc. on matters or subjects of his write-up”.
Some references like About.com adds that “people who post comments on someone else’s blog are also bloggers“. I disagree with this statement because, for me, they are just commenters not bloggers. They don’t own the website they are posting on and their comments can be moderated or deleted by the site owner/administrator. A blogger owns the website he is posting on and he manages the comments that he wants to appear on his blog.
Meanwhile, the Urban Dictionary says that “blog is short for web blog and a meandering, blatantly uninteresting online diary that gives the author the illusion that people are interested in their stupid, pathetic life”. There are many more definitions of blog in Urban Dictionary which are mostly offensive if you will ask me. However, I hope that those definitions won’t dampen your interest in blogs and may you take them as mere challenges to your becoming a blogger soon.