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======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." [[http://tumblr.com/ 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 -- [[http://hungoverowls.tumblr.com/ 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.

- First and most obvious: An online journal. Look back and write about whatever has struck you as interesting or important in the last few days.
- General-interest news and information on any given topic, gathered or solicited from outside sources (citing where necessary, of course).
- A chronicle of the development of a personal project or hobby.
- A lens used for viewing the results of a personal project or hobby. ("I painted this yesterday.")
- A PR or news outlet for a specific company. (You'll be respected better if you have a connection to the company being blogged about.)
- A method for telling a story. (Blogs are often written in-character, so viewers can keep up with a story as it "happens".)
- As middleware for any other concept that would be assisted by regular updates. ([[http://comicpress.org/ ComicPress]] is a WordPress extension used for online comics, as an example.)
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