I think this quote can describe the way a blog can affect your life perfectly:
"Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day;
teach that person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks".
The word Blog is a short form of the words "Web Log."
It is a way of recording your thoughts, feelings, audio/visual recordings (such as Youtube clips and Podcasts) and pictures about an aspect (or aspects!) of your life, on the Internet.
Of course, it does not need to take over your life, but it does require fairly regular feeding. But what do you record there, exactly?
Blogging is an easy way of journaling and sharing that journal with others who also surf the Internet.
It can be a way to make connections and friendships too, around a common interest or concern.
This form of journalism is used outside of the
papercraft world as well but we papercrafters adopted it with enthusiasm
especially in the early days of the cyber world. What a great way it is to showcase a particular papercraft project!
People like to go to blogs to read a little more about a subject, so linking to such a post from a social media site is a common practice.
Social media is a world of short statements, and it is a lot more public
there too. Going to a site about a specific subject is more likely to
draw only people who are interested in that subject alone, not the whole
You might have a tutorial about your papercraft project there, for example, and a list of supplies that you used. You might say how you felt about making your project or why you did it. Blogs are a place where people seem to be able to express themselves in a little more detail.
To make a post, it helps to have at least a paragraph to post.
Full scale websites like PaperCraftCentral are better for posting up a whole page or more of data.
Many paper crafters start such a journal in order to display their work, chat about paper crafts in general and get to know each other. Sometimes the best way to understand something is to see an actual example.
I started an online journal a few years ago when I first found out how to make one and have continued it through the years. I called it Susan's Saga. It is a place I write about papercrafts and also about aspects of my life in Australia. I do add to it but not as often as I add to PaperCraftCentral.com. I use it for shorter messages and quick glimpses of work I have done instead of as an explanatory site. Click on the picture below to see it.
I just have to say, creating a journal like Susan's Saga is only one way to have a website. Since I started PaperCraftCentral, I have seen that a website has many more options and possibilities than a journal does. Different horses for different courses, I guess
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