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Blogging is the act of creating and maintaining a "web log," commonly shortened to "blog." Effectively, when you blog, you are creating an online publication of your thoughts or shared content called posts.

These posts are stored online using a variety of different services, most of which are free.

You can share your posts with a small circle of friends, speak to a larger audience to help promote you or your business, or keep your blog private to only yourself.

And your blog doesn't need to exclusively feature your content; by creating the right type of blog, you can collaborate with fellow authors to grow your audience and hear from many different voices and opinions.

Finally, as your blogging becomes more advanced, you can host your own blog and purchase your own domain name.

But before starting your own blog, think of what kind of audience you'd like and what you're trying to accomplish.

A fun blog detailing your daily musings will be structured much differently than a blog that hopes to establish a voice for your brand.

Similarly, a private blog does not need the planning and resources of one that hopes to capture the attention of a massive audience.

Identifying your goals and planning for your blog is essential before you take the first step into the blogosphere.

BlogWeb log; a website where individuals or groups of people share information on a regular basis.PostAn entry published on a blog, microblog, forum, or social networking site.ShareThe process of sending links or content to specified recipients or entire networks.CircleA created group of friends or contacts generally grouped together by related aspects. FriendA connection to another profile on Facebook which gives a person additional channels of communication to that user. DomainAn identifying name or label that denotes a particular Web address or otherwise autonomous realm on the Internet.LikeAn endorsement of a product or service, piece of content or post. The term was made popular by Facebook and now can be found on a variety of Web applications that both use "Likes" within their own site and push them to Facebook.Blogging2324What Can a Blog be Used For?
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