Some people have claimed newspapers will no longer exist in ten years – we will all read blogs instead. Are they a welcome addition to traditional media or is blogging a passing fashion?

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Are you a blogger too?

Only a few years ago, a “web log” was a little-known way of keeping an online diary.  At that time, it seemed like “blogs” (as they quickly became known) were only for serious computer geeks or obsessives.

This didn’t last long, though, and within a very short period of time, blogs exploded – blogs were everywhere, and it seemed that almost everyone read blogs, or was a blogger.

The blogging craze of a couple of years ago (when it was estimated that ten new blogs were started somewhere in the world every minute) now seems to have died down a bit – yet thousands of blogs (probably the better ones) remain.  Blogs are no now longer seen as the exclusive possession of geeks and obsessives, and are now seen as important and influential sources of news and opinion.  So many people read blogs now, that it has even been suggested that some blogs may have been powerful enough to influence the result of the recent US election.

Blogs are very easy to set up – all you need is a computer, an internet connection and the desire to write something.  The difference between a blog and a traditional internet site is that a blog is one page consisting mostly of text (with perhaps a few pictures), and – importantly – space for people to respond to what you write.  The best blogs are similar to online discussions, where people write in responses to what the blogger has written.  Blogs are regularly updated – busy blogs are updated every day, or even every few hours.

Not all blogs are about politics, however.  There are blogs about music, film, sport, books – any subject you can imagine has its enthusiasts typing away and giving their opinions to fellow enthusiasts or anyone else who cares to read their opinions.

So many people read blogs now that the world of blog writers and blog readers has its own name – the “blogosphere”. 

But how influential, or important, is this blogosphere really?  One problem with blogs is that many people who read and write them seem only to communicate with each other.  When people talk about the influence of the blogosphere, they do not take into account the millions of people around the world who are not bloggers, never read blogs, and don’t even have access to a computer, let alone a good internet connection.

Sometimes, it seems that the blogosphere exists only to influence itself, or that its influence is limited to what is actually quite a small community.  Blogs seem to promise a virtual democracy – in which anyone can say anything they like, and have their opinions heard – but who is actually listening to these opinions?  There is still little hard evidence that blogs have influenced people in the way that traditional mass media (television and newspapers) have the ability to do.

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Shall we search the website or blog ourselves? i wanna to learn global English with my best ability. Let me introduce myself. I am a civil engineering student.Now i will be in third year.I wish to demonstrate my dream with my professional........in MIT.Thank YOU!!!!!!!!

I'm a student in my last year and this site help me improve my  english 
and I hope to learn english well together with british council 
Thanks...

Hello,
I would like to write blogs too. But I dont know where to start.
Please help on how to start writing blogs and improve my writing skills as well.
Thanks.

Hello,
There is lots of blogging software out there, like Google's blogger service. Why not ask your family and friends what they think you can talk about interestingly and blog about that?
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot. I will soon try it.

Nice Article!
I've always stumbled with blogs not knowing what they meant.
thank you British Council!

I wonder whose blog is on the website? I want to see it and I can't finde it... Can you just tell me whose blog is on british council website?? :) It's not the competition question I just wonder.. Please answer me.. Sorry for bad english.. I'm from Gerogia

blogging is very interesting activity ones can do to help them to express themselves and let their thoughts be out  sharing it with others. and through blogs . we can improve our skills in learning any language . i like writing blogs.

Anyone please can you tell me the answer of the competition question "Whose blog can you find on the website?". Or at least tell me what do they mean? :-S

Hello,
Good luck with the competition! I won't give you the answer - you need to explore the website to find it.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

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