Over the last couple of weeks, I have been asked, "Why a blog?" and "What is a blog, anyway?" and "What can you do on a blog that you can't do on Facebook?" That got me to thinking and researching so I could give more than a "deer-in-the-headlights" look the next time someone asks one of these questions.
"A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web." On my blog I am able to share favorite websites, blogs I visit, recipes, craft ideas, random thoughts, etc. The blog has a template where I can update specific areas, move sections of the template around, change the background, etc. Facebook has a 420 character limit per post whereas Blogger has a 1 GB limit per post--huge difference! Those of you who know me personally know that I can't begin to get started in 420 characters!!! One Gigabyte--now you're talkin'!
"Well, first of all, it depends on the type of communication. When I post here, it's not intended as private, one-to-one communication, as it is in email. It's one-to many (publishing, I think they used to call it). Face book is not intended to be a fully open and public communication medium -- it's one-to-not-so-many." quoted from Scott Karp in the web article, Web Communication Experiment: Blog vs. Facebook vs. Twitter. Scott's paragraph pretty well explains the "Why not Facebook" question for me. I would love you to share my blog site with all your friends but I most likely will not accept your friends as my Facebook "friends".
The questions were good for me because I hadn't thought about "Why a blog?" I simply knew I had thoughts and ideas I wanted to share and a blog seemed a good way to do it. Now I know a blog is the perfect medium for my thoughts and ideas because of it's versatility and flexibility.
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