The term 'Blog' (short for 'Weblog') refers to a type of online (web) journal (log). Blogs are usually made up of a series of individual entries that are ordered chronologically such that the most recent items show up at the top of the page. Blog entries are often written by a single person and the blog software usually provides a mechanism for readers to leave comments on each entry. The Blog itself may contain entries authored by a single person (a personal blog) or contain entries authored by many people (such as a news-magazine).
Blogging tools span a huge range of features and abilities, though they almost all feature chronologically-ordered entries with comments. Many CMS and LMS tools offer support for building blogs. Likewise, many software originally designed for blogging now also support CMS-like or Wiki-like features in addition to the basic blogging support; i.e hierarchically organized pages of non-time-dependent nature.
In addition to discussions, many blogging tools support 'track-backs', a way of automatically generating a quote from other sites that link to the blog post. As well, most blogging tools provide mechanisms for categorizing or tagging each entry in order to group them around themes.
Midd-Supported for Curricular use
- Movable Type
- Segue - One or more Segue pages can be configured to work as a blog, see Blogging with Segue for more information.
Theories on blogging anyone?