— written by CELC student Anton
We now have to write blogs. To be sure about what one is, I decided to start looking for descriptions on the Internet. First, I thought that I would write a definition, like the way I do for my 3/1 words:
Blog – (noun) A website on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, et cetera on a regular basis; (verb) To add new material to or regularly update a blog; first heard = I cannot remember.
When I was talking about blogging with my mother, she said that it reminded her of when a journalist once asked her in 1984 if she would send him the Code of Ethics on Journalism that is used in the United States. Internet was not very “big” then. She said she remembers in the ’80s that France had something called Minatel that is like the Internet. She thought that maybe it would be important for me to learn if there was a code of ethics for blogging, or if I should make one myself. It’s like behavior to use in your writing in blog places. She also reminded me to check if blogging takes place only here in the United States or in other parts of the world.
Wikipedia describes that a blog is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web, consisting of discrete entires (posts) typically displayed in reverse chronological order. The growth of blogs started in the 1990s. Most blogs are textual, some focus on art called art blogs, photographs called photoblogs, videos called vlogs, music called mp3 blogs, and audio called podcasts. There is even microblogging that features very short posts.
The person who began personal blogging is Justin Hall. He started it in 1994 while he was a student in college.The modern blog is like an online diary. People kept writing notes that were about their personal lives. There are now all kinds of types of blogs – they can be personal, micro, for business and schools. There is even something called a reverse blog that is used by many and not by just one person. There doesn’t seem to be a name for a reverse blog, so I decided I would reverse b-l-o-g and give it a new name : g-o-l-b.
People do blog (and golb!) around the world. Sometimes they get in trouble for it. In Singapore, two people were sent to prison because they broke a law when they posted anti-Muslim remarks on their blog. In Egypt, a man who was known as a blogger was charged for insulting Egyptian President Mubarek. He was sent to prison for three years because he insulted Islam and also for one year for insulting Mubarek.
There is behavior that is expected when blogging and golbbing. We expect people to be responsible for their own words and for the comments an individual allows on his blog and golb. If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell him. Don’t say anything in a blog, or golb, or anywhere online that you would not say in-person. If there are people who write anonymous comments, consider not using them with your blog or golb.
I think blogging and golbbing is just getting started and we will see many changes while everything around us keeps changing. I have already written in a few blogs and you can read them on the CELC website and then leave me a golb. Look for the blogs about our visits to Vermont and Washington, D.C. These blogs already have globs from our parents and friends. Sometimes a golb can end up being longer than the original blog. Which is more important?