Blog: A blog, also called a weblog, is just a web site that gets updated frequently by a person or group of people. It's a great way to find out what's on someone's mind, and it can lead to good conversations and deeper connections.
PARTS OF A BLOG
You can just dive in and start reading a blog, but it helps to know a little lingo.
Comments: This is where the conversation happens. At the bottom of each post, you might see something like this: Comments (1). That means you can leave comments on that blog, and the number in parenthesis shows how many comments have been left. If you want to leave a comment, click on the Comments link. You'll be asked for your name (it can be a nickname), your email address and web site if you have one. Then just type your thoughts and hit the submit button.
Permalink: This is the permanent link to a particular blog post. Since people post so frequently to blogs, eventually they scroll off the front page and into the archives. But you can link or bookmark any individual post by clicking on the Permalink.
Post: This is the heart of every blog. A post is simply an article or commentary that gets posted on the blog. The most recent post appears on top of the blog, and older posts are below that. The bottom of each post usually has the date and other useful features, such as comments.
RSS: The most common way to keep track of a blog is to simply bookmark it with your web browser. A new way to keep track of blogs and other frequently updated sites is RSS, or "Really Simple Syndication." RSS allows you to subscribe to blogs and other websites. Rather than having to visit every site you're interested in, they come right to you. But you have to use special software, called a news reader. One of the most popular news readers is BlogLines (http://www.bloglines.com), which works right from your web browser. MyYahoo (http://my.yahoo.com) also lets you subscribe to RSS feeds.
To subscribe to a blog, look for a button or link that says "XML" or "RSS" or "Subscribe to my feed" click on it and paste the link into your news reader of choice.
To subscribe to the Better Life Blog RSS feed, just copy this RSS link into your news reader:
Learn more about RSS: http://weblogs.about.com/cs/rssxml/a/rssbasics.htm
Trackback: This is a more advanced feature that shows other blogs linking to a blog post. It's a way for other blogs to say, "Hey -- I'm talking about the same thing. Come to my blog to see my comments."
XML: Extensible Markup Language. RSS feeds are created using XML. For that reason, you'll often see an orange "XML" button that links to a web site's RSS feed.
Learn more about blogs: http://www.unc.edu/~zuiker/blogging101/
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