Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What in the world is a blog?

The first time I heard someone use the word "blog" I remember thinking two things:
  1. "That is the most absurd, made-up word I've ever heard," and
  2. "Do we really need more slang words to describe internet stuff?"
I still think No. 1, even though the word "blog" has crept into my vocabulary with a vengeance.  As for No. 2, I've discovered that the answer is, well, kind of.  There are a lot of meaningless made-up brand names and slang terms used on the internet.  Unlike some of these, "blog" does actually describe something.
When I showed this site to a few people, they said "Cool website, but what's a blog?"  And they are right, they are the same thing for the most part.  A blog is just a type of website (blog = "web log").  The main difference is that blogs are organized chronologically into "posts" instead of static pages like traditional websites.

Blogs have some limitations, but they have a lot of good points too:  They are easy to create, easy to add to, and they are interactive.  The original blogs were online diaries, but now people and companies are using them for many purposes (See here for more info).  When we had the idea to start a website for the maintenance department, a blog was a logical choice.  At the time, I thought we had a semi-original idea, but there are dozens of golf course maintenance blogs out there!  At the bottom of this page, you will see links to some of them.  If you would like to see more, a search reveals a big list.  Just in the past couple years, these superintendents have put together a lot of information about turf practices at other golf courses.  They are a great resource for golfers and other superintendents alike.

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