The Versatility of Blogs

As an easily-updated, retroactively-linear-formatted content delivery system, blogs are capable of providing a window into the interests of anyone willing to invest the time and effort into them. Since all the format requires is piecemeal updates, all one really needs to get started is a subject to develop content around.

Blogs were originally conceived as web journals, but in recent years they've shown a far greater level of versatility. Twitter is just one example; anyone's Twitter account can be looked at as a blog of entries 140 characters long, but it's often used for far more than "well, this is what I've been doing." Tumblr uses the blog format, but is mainly used for bite-sized, user-friendly entries devoted to sharing images. This has led to a far greater degree of specialization -- Hungover Owls is just one example.

This isn't intended to shun anyone away from creating a journal blog, of course; just an example of how the blog format can be tailored to anyone's interests. There's a reason why WordPress software is used on 13% of the top 1,000,000 websites -- it's because the format is versatile enough to cater to anyone looking to create web content.

Bear in mind, however, that just because you can blog about virtually anything doesn't necessarily mean you should -- nor should you do so at length; many would be bored by Hungover Owls if an essay accompanied each image. A good rule of thumb is to remember that anything you create on the Internet has the ability to be read by anyone. Put yourself in your readers' perspective: "Why would I want to read this?" If the answer is "I don't know", you may need to rework your approach.

Possible Methods

Though this isn't meant to document every possible use for blogging software, these all fall under the banner of "Aggregate, annotate, remix/repurpose, feed forward." If you're interested in any of the following concepts, use it as a jumping-off point.
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