For long internet has been an avenue for programmers and web designers. Sponsored by commercial interests, they have often reflected establishment views, or have neglected reflecting alternative views. The Web log, or the blog, is a new dimension of online communication that crosses this threshold. If freedom of expression must be made true in reality, then the technology for expression must not only be democratized, but all forms of views must be made available.
The terms ‘web log’ and ‘blog’ were coined in 1997 and 1999 respectively. Ever since, blogging had been continued by a niche and technologically adept group of writers. Much like a log might include text, images and photographs, etc, the online blog extended the usage by including them and much more – the technological capacity of the internet allows seamless intermixing of various media. Such blogs are frequently updated, although the frequency of such updations might differ for as much as many times a day to seldom ever.
Usually a blog entry has the following components: title, body, trackback, comments, category, permalink, post date, etc. Blogging is a much simpler process than normal website uploading, and can be done instantly. It has many automated features, and archiving and indexing facilities, that make finding a blog-entry easy. A blog avails users with the opportunity to write their own comments on the blog post. A blog differs from a newsgroup or forum in that it does not allow anyone to start a new topic – it merely provides the opportunity to make comments.
However, with so many free blogging services available, anyone can start his own blog. The ease of composition and posting as well as the unhindered nature of the medium (there are no moderators to screen one’s posts) has made blogging an immensely popular and empowering tool. It is used as a point of news entry (blogs provided topical news about Iraq when there was an information blackout during 2003 invasion of Iraq; there are many other examples where blogging provided the first view into many emerging events), as a forum to air political views, as a personal diary, as a source of information on all topics, as a directory service, and as discussion forums on many topics (Google and Microsoft famously provide much information and support on their blogging networks).