When the Internet first started, there were virtually no blogs, there were just websites.
These websites probably took a long time to put together, and they took a lot to update as well. The Internet was a lot more complicated then and only people with extensive tech knowledge could publish. All anyone else could do was just read the content.
A little over ten years later, and now basically anyone who can type can have their own website. Websites have gotten a lot simpler to create, and update too.
Nowadays a newer type of website has evolved likes blogs. What is a blog you ask? A blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. They are often called weblogs, more commonly known as blogs as I mentioned earlier. They are what you get when you cross a traditional website with a message forum.
Blogs have made it even easier to have an online presence. All you have to do is sign up for a host, (free or paid) pick a template, and just write down your beliefs, thoughts, knowledge, experiences, etc. and post.
Traditional websites have gotten easier to handle, but nowhere near as simple as a blog. The quickest person would probably take a couple of hours to setup a website, because you have to add pages and content before your website is even ready. A blog on the other hand, just one post and you are good to go.
Online hosting is another factor to consider whether you are going to have a blog or a website. While there are free hosts for both of them, like blogspot.com, wordpress.com or livejournal.com, and many others, you have more control on the ones you pay for. I use Godaddy.com shared hosting for my blogs and use WordPress as a backend platform in which to develop them. WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
With platforms to blog on like WordPress, you can use what is known as “plug-ins” to increase its functionality. I use two that work really well called postie and subscribe2. Postie allows me to write my blog posts in an email and email it to and address that I set up. Postie checks every 5 minutes, and if something is in the mailbox that I sent the post too, it parses it and posts it as an article on my blog. Along with this, if you have subscribed to my blog, subsribe2 will email you and notify you of the new blog post. I also use tweet this to automatically tweet my new blog posts to twitter.
Blogs are great if you have a certain niche and can zero it in on that niche. You could easily profit from your blogging with affiliates as well. I will have to touch base on that one later on this month, but for now how about you get yourself a blog and start blogging!