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What's a Blog?
A blog is a simple form of a web based content management system. Simply put, you have a text box where you can fill in your content and publish it instantly. This content is shown on the top of your "blog", your personal home page. Blogs can also include sophisticated ways of distributing your content, like RSS feeds (machine readable content announcements) or Trackbacks (machine writeable commenting).
CGI, and especially Blogs made the Internet interactive. It is not possible to comment a web page by means of static HTML alone, for example. Free Blogs include:
Advantages of a Blog
Compared to static pages, blogs have all kind of advantages. I've already mentioned the possibility to comment stuff. There's also the famous "tagging". You can categorize your stuff, for example "Private", "Adorements", "Rants". Using that information, the Blog automatically generates lists. So if you click on "Rants", you'll see a list of all your rants. That's automatic Menu generation.
Also, most Blogs have interchangeable designs. Don't like the blue layout with three columns? Why not use the pink one with two columns then. And add a fancy new header maybe. At a mouse click. Static Pages are a hassel to maintain, a Blog is a big step forward here.
Some blogs also provide you with a calendar, so you can find content of a certain date easily.
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