Blog (noun) – a journal or diary that is on the internet. Blogger (noun) – a person who keeps a blog. Blog (verb) – to write a blog. Blogging (verb) – the action of writing a blog. That was how Ms. Eloka Adaeze began her session on blogging on the of January, 2016. The topic had attracted participants including students of Unilag.
As a brief history, she stated that originally blogs were known primarily as places for people to write about their day-to-day activities even though today people write about far more interesting topics. In fact, today’s blogs can provide hair tips, up-to-date news, technical information, celebrity scandal, political rumor, gets people involved in volunteering, advice on investments as well as blogs on cooking, health, gardening, sport, blogging blogs and of course many personal blogs and quite a few strange blogs. Who blogs? Anybody and Everybody. To meet this demand some amazing tools have been created that will allow anyone, even people with very little knowledge of computers, to have their own blog.
Answering the question about the skills needed to effectively run a blog, Ms. Eloka enumerated the following; Writing clear, engaging content, Networking and building relationships, Using WordPress, ,Blogspot etc effectively, Motivation and self-discipline. You definitely don’t need to be the next Shakespeare, but you do need to have a very good control of English (or whatever language you’re blogging in). If you’re used to writing in an academic or business context, you probably have some habits to unlearn in order to write clear and engaging blog posts. In choosing a name for your blog, she stated that it must be one that describes your blog, it must be easy to remember, it must be equal to the domain name amongst other things.
There are a lot of plusses that come with running a blog, some of which include; your blog is all about you, a blog can earn income. A Blog can attract and hold interest and help you create awareness on things you are passionate about. She advised on the need to protect yourself from online theft and avoid putting too much personal information that could get you in trouble.
So over to you: What are your favourite blogs? Are you already blogging? Thinking of blogging? What will you blog about? Do you have any concerns about blogging?
Many left determined to open blogs in the nearest future.