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A blog[3] is an informational website[2] where individuals or groups can post diary-like entries, traditionally displayed in reverse chronological order. Originating from the late 1990s, blogs grew in popularity with the development of web publishing tools, which allowed users without extensive technical knowledge to share content online. This democratization of online publishing has had a profound impact on the media landscape. Over time, blogs have evolved into multi-author platforms and have been integrated into traditional news media[1], contributing to a diverse range of voices and perspectives. The term ‘blog’ is also used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog, reflecting the dynamic and ongoing nature of this medium.

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1. news media. News media is a term that encompasses various methods of disseminating news and information to the public. It all began with the circulation of written news during the Renaissance era in Europe, eventually evolving into printed news in the late 1400s. The English and American newspapers emerged in the 17th century, setting the stage for the newspaper evolution in the 18th and 19th centuries. Over time, the news media industry has expanded to include broadcasting, which involves transmitting audio and video signals to large or small audiences. Today, journalism exists in many formats, including television, radio, and online platforms. These developments have led to a range of news media forms, including newspapers, newsmagazines, and online journalism, each with their unique processes, features, and challenges. News media plays a crucial role in informing the public, shaping opinions, and maintaining media integrity in the face of emerging issues such as fake news.
2. website. This text primarily discusses the concept of a 'Website'. A website is a collection of interconnected web pages, usually including a homepage, located on the same server and prepared and maintained as a collection of data by a person, group, or organization. Websites are a cornerstone of the internet, serving as hubs for information, commerce, communication, and entertainment. They can have various forms such as business sites, gaming sites, academic platforms, or social networking sites. Websites have evolved over time, from text and static images to dynamic, interactive multimedia platforms. The development and functionality of websites are governed by web standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Websites are also influenced by advancements in web server technology and design principles such as responsive design.
Blog (Wikipedia)

A blog (a truncation of "weblog") is an informational website consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. Until 2009, blogs were often the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic. In the 2010s, "multi-author blogs" (MABs) emerged, featuring the writing of multiple authors and sometimes professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users who did not have much experience with HTML or computer programming. Previously, knowledge of such technologies as HTML and File Transfer Protocol had been required to publish content on the Web, and early Web users therefore tended to be hackers and computer enthusiasts. As of the 2010s, the majority are interactive Web 2.0 websites, allowing visitors to leave online comments, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking service. Indeed, bloggers not only produce content to post on their blogs but also often build social relations with their readers and other bloggers. Blog owners or authors often moderate and filter online comments to remove hate speech or other offensive content. There are also high-readership blogs which do not allow comments.

Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject or topic, ranging from philosophy, religion, and arts to science, politics, and sports. Others function as more personal online diaries or online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical blog combines text, digital images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or "vlogs"), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts). In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources; these are referred to as edublogs. Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.

'Blog' and 'blogging' are now loosely used for content creation and sharing on social media, especially when the content is long-form and one creates and shares content on regular basis. So, one could be maintaining a blog on Facebook or blogging on Instagram.

A 2022 estimate suggested that there were over 600 million public blogs out of more than 1.9 billion websites.

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