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What’s a Weblog, Anyway?

I suspect many of us who write weblogs have attempted to describe what a weblog is to someone who’s never seen one before. I may describe my own as similar to a daily column where I write mostly about web design, technology, and related topics. That barely scratches the surface to describe my weblog or weblogs in general, and that description may not even begin to fit others' weblogs, either, as each one is unique; however, by relating to a term or phrase someone is already familiar with, such as a daily column, the person at least gets an idea about my weblog.

There’s plenty around the Web about weblogs, their common elements, history, and more, including a new essay in the making by Dave Winer, What Makes a Weblog a Weblog. The accompanying comments from others along with Dave’s responses are interesting reading, too, including the digs and cutting remarks back and forth.

Current links to Dave’s essay via Technorati or Popdex reveals an abundance of webloggers writing and linking about it. Not to be missed among those links is Elwyn Jenkins' Microdoc News comments Saturday, Blogs, Wikis and Knowledge Building.
[hat tip: Audioblog/Mobileblogging News]

Others have described or defined weblogs before Dave’s new essay, of course, and some have even written books about weblogs and the experience of blogging. Here are a few notable articles on the Web:

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  1. I just talked to an old very good friend of mine to whom I haven't spoken for a few months. I've just sent her an email about this weblog, because she will be very interested in reading about what is...

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  2. I just talked to an old very good friend of mine to whom I haven't spoken for a few months. I've just sent her an email about this weblog, because she will be very interested in reading about what is...

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