The $99 million dollar question: what is a blog

March 20, 2006

I did an interview this morning with The Bunbury Mail, one of the local papers who read the article at the SMH the other week. The journo asked me the $99 million dollar question: what is a blog?.

I’ve previously defined it as this:

A Blog is a hierarchy of text, images, media objects and data, arranged chronologically, underpinned with a content delivery system which provides the ability to deliver content frequently and with little skill, which builds meaningful social connections or virtual communities on any and all subject matters

but well, this wasn’t going to cut it for a newspaper. My response: Citizen Journalism. I then went on to mention that a blog could be anything from a diary through to a newspaper style of site and anything in between. The question though is: are we ever going to have an easy way of defining blogging? I mean, a dog is an animal with fur, four legs and barks. But can we define a blog is such a short way?