The Weblog FAQK
What is a weblog?
A weblog is a chronological collection of hypertext entries,
including but not limited to links to other locations on
the Web with editorial or personal commentary thereon.
How is that different from an online journal?
Weblogs do not contain little graphics at the
end of each entry telling you that
the author is "feeling bummed."
Why have I heard so much about weblogs lately?
Weblogging came of age in the wake of the World Trade Center disaster. While the
Web sites of major news outlets were clogged and often
unavailable, weblogs provided vital information and
eyewitness accounts that you couldn't otherwise get
without turning on the TV.
So weblogs are all about disaster and war?
Gosh Jesus no! Weblogs cover a wide range of topics, such as
other weblogs, what the mainstream media are saying about weblogging,
new weblogs, advances in weblog publishing, books about
weblogging, the future of weblogging, and that one naked
guy painted up like Spider-Man.
Can I publish a weblog?
You can and you should. Valuable and relevant
communication is only possible when you don't have to put much
work into publishing your thoughts.
Usenet and talk radio prove this. Thus, many fine programmers are creating
ways to get your ideas out there with the
barest minimum of effort. Soon you'll be able to check out your
weblog to see what your opinions are without even having to form them.
Where can I find interesting links for my weblog?
Finding links of interest to your readers is a job requiring dedication and
discernment. To begin with, you need to keep up
with current events, both worldwide and Web-specific. Secondly, you
need to be have a feel for the zeitgeist of--you know what? Screw this.
Read Metafilter and Fark and grab some of their links.
Will weblogs eventually replace traditional journalism, causing all current bastions of establishment reporting and punditry to run, dog-like and cowering, back to the ink-stained pits from which they were spawned?
Uh. Um. Hey, look! It's a naked guy painted up like Spider-Man!