A blog is not much different from any other web site in that it aims to present information, albeit with some specific differences; and just like all the other web sites that can be found on the Web today, a blog has elements or parts that make up the whole. As you are on your way to become a prolific blogger, let me help you become familiar with the various elements of a blog. Knowing about each of these elements will equip you to make the most of your blogging experience and perhaps even take it to a whole new level.
The name actually is pretty self-explanatory. The blog header is found at the top (at the head) of the blog and, for me, establishes the theme and focus of your blog. This is because it usually contains the name of the blog as well as the logo. What better way to make an excellent first impression than with the blog header?
Posts are the “meat” of any blog. The posts, or entries, contain the information that the blogger wants to share with his readers. These can be likened to the news articles and other features that you can find in other kinds of web sites. The posts are usually presented in reverse chronological order – the most recent one shown at the top of the page.
This is one distinguishing feature of blogs. The comments section is present at the end of each post, and provides the interactive aspect of blogs. Readers may write their thoughts and reactions to each post, and the blogger may also respond to the readers in this section. Comments may be restricted to certain people, and bloggers may also opt to delete inappropriate comments.
A blog that has been up for quite some time will have a lot of posts, granted that the blogger publishes content regularly. The archives section provides a way to gain easy access to older posts. The archives can be presented in various ways – some use calendars while others use drop down links using monthly or weekly options.
Another way to easily find posts within a blog is to use categories. The blogger has the option to label or categorize posts using terms. These terms are also called labels, tags, and categories. The categories section is not always used by all bloggers, but it is a very good way to make your blog user friendly as readers can merely browse through the topics to find posts catering to their interests.
Blogging is more than writing content for one’s blog. It is also all about interacting with the rest of the blogosphere, and it is inevitable that a blogger gets to create relationships with other bloggers. One way to further relationships AND to offer more content to readers is to promote other blogs in your own blog. This can be done through a blogroll, which shows links to other blogs. Readers can then simply click on the links to discover more information.
This is another blog element that is not always present, but something that is important if you want to make the lives of your readers easier. Much like Google, readers simply have to key in search terms to find relevant posts within the blog.
RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a standard way of sharing web site content. Various blog platforms offer RSS Feeds, which allow readers to subscribe to a blog to automatically receive updates and access contents through a reader.