What Constitutes a Blog?

  • There are a number of definitions regarding the term blog but they all seem to have a few common characteristics (see definitions at bottom). Now what I'm seeing more and more here in Vivaldi are simply links to YouTube videos without ANY comment by the so-called blogger. To my way of thinking, this borders of SPAM. I mean, what is the point? If a music video (or whatever) strikes you and you want to share it for whatever reason, doesn't it make sense to at least at "one" sentence telling WHY you want to share it? Even if language is the issue, Google translator can help in that regard. Even a few words to accompany the video link can be helpful. But simply posting a YouTube link and thinking that is sufficient is questionable in my mind. :( blog Use Blog in a sentence blog [blawg, blog] Show IPA noun 1. a website containing a writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites. 2. a single entry or post on such a website: She regularly contributes a blog to the magazine's website. verb (used without object), blogged, blog·ging. 3. to maintain or add new entries to a blog. verb (used with object), blogged, blog·ging. 4. to express or write about on a blog: She’s been blogging her illness for almost a year.

  • The origin of the the term 'blog' helps explain a little of what makes it good, bad, or worse. The "web log" started as a running entry on a 'log' or 'journal' posted to the Internet. Samples of initial offerings ran from fantastic literature to mundane recaps of personal experience day by day.

    The inclusion of links with prose has become a new standard of content derived most from availability of links for related content and implicit pressure to attract readers as blogs became associated with commercialism. When I entered the business of blogging as a retired old man, I hoped but did not expect to make a little income from the venture. So I deliberately attracted a few online advertisers to sponsor content I wrote as I learned more about SEO and its opposite, Online Literature. I strongly favor, as a personal matter, online literature that raises questions or expresses narrow viewpoints in anticipation of answers or comments from others as part of a conversation. It so happens that the new Google algorithm out this past Fall rewards such conversations with higher rankings if content is sufficiently unique (not plagiarized) and cross-linked (includes URLs for related sites).

    In the end, the easiest empirical way to see what constitutes a good blog is how many hits from unique (distinct) Internet addresses one receives over a given time period.

    Jerry Hamilton of HamiltonFinanceServices.com

  • Thanks for the education, Jerry; much appreciated. As I posted earlier, I fear what is currently passing as blogging here on Vivaldi is little more than disguised SPAM in addition to those entries that seem to demonstrate an inability to grasp the concept of blogging. It's one thing to blog about the mundane and/or fancy oneself a writer with something witty to say (at least these bloggers are writing something) and quite another to simply put in a link to a YouTube video without so much as a sentence explaining its inclusion. :(

  • Some of the implicit spam will die off once profit-oriented enterprises realize they are wasting time and money. But the larger issue of bloggers not grasping or agreeing with good blogging principles might persist regardless of profitability because Vivaldi offers its services for free to the entire planet and it appears to include no administrators to edit or critique content of blogs.

    If they would pay for content management services, a number of people would come out of the woodwork to offer their expertise. However, my view of Vivaldi so far is that no money will be spent on content management; bloggers must self manage, for the most part. This impresses me as part of the larger policy against commercializing Vivaldi. As implied earlier, I am waiting to see how that works out.


  • We did see people post links to their blog on My Opera, sometimes because their phone browser did not support bookmarks. Not being able to rule out that such devices still exist … but also, I do have a friend who often emails links to music videos. No, I haven't watched them; the one I recognize are not the types of music I like. (He is sending them to a mailing list, not me in particular.) But me not liking his taste in music doesn't mean I don't still think of him as a friend.

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