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Build A Scottish Blog - A Short Guide

Everybody is talking about blogs. They are everywhere: mentioned on the Televioson, in the newspapers and magazines, and all over the internet. With the number of blogs doubling every five months, there is no stopping the power of blogs.

But what is a blog? A blog, short for weblog, is often described as an online diary. The most recent entries, normally called posts, appear on the homepage of the blog with links to archives of older posts. Archives are organized by date and often categorized by topic. Often, each post will have a form for readers to add their own comments and to give their opinion or reaction to the post's content. But that's just what a blog looks like - it doesn't really tell you why a blog is different from a conventional website. The real genius in blogs appears in the process, and simplicity, of how they are written.

You can update your personal Scottish blog instantly from any internet connection on any computer anywhere in the world, even from your wee cottage in the Scottish Highlands. Blogs are designed for people who don't want to learn, or don't have the time to learn, HTML or complex web design. You use a special type of blogging software, called a blog tool, to create and update your Scottish weblog. You type your latest post into a simple online form. You click 'Publish' and it is instantly available online for the whole world to see. It's very easy. If you can send an email, you can publish a weblog.

A blog is an easy, instantly and frequently updated website, focused around a topic, industry or personality. It doesn't require a high level of computing skills, and is very cheap to implement. Blogging is the fastest, cheapest, easiest way to build a website in the time it takes to down a pint. Blogging is ideal for small web sites such as Scottish Bed and Breakfasts, or Scottish Activity sites. Great for family sites as well.

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