Blogs are proliferating everywhere online. A truncated version of “web log,” a blog is an information page that consists of several entries, known as “posts,” usually with the most recent appearing at the top of the page. Most blogs feature the ability to search for various posts either by keyword or date. It is easy to start a blog, and many begin this journey but abandon it along the way. Millions of blog sites exist.
The vast majority of blogs are hosted by Blogger, part of the Google family, or Word Press. For the purpose of searching for information, it doesn’t matter where a blog is located as long as it is easy to find and maintained with current information.
President Theodore Roosevelt was an avid and prolific reader. On a typical day, he read 2–3 books, sometimes more! However, some recent statistics suggest that people are not reading books like previous generations.
Consider these findings from the Barna Group:
- 35% of adults say books are too long
- 41% of men and 28% of women feel books are too long
Percentages of respondents that feel books are too long:
- Elders (born before World War II): 27%
- Baby Boomers (born 1945-1964): 30%
- Generation X (born 1965-1981): 31%
- Millenials (born 1982-2003): 49%
Considering that from one-third to one-half of people believe that books are too long, blogs are the perfect solution. Most posts are fairly short and, if following properly structured, clearly delineate different sections by using headers and bullet lists. This structure accommodates both those who will take the time to read the full post as well as those who will only scan the highlighted information.
Regardless of your interests there are blogs for you. Search for an area of interest and add “blog” to the search. A listing of blogs related to your search topic will be displayed.
Once you’ve found some blogs that are thought-provoking to you, either save these as favorites in your browser or subscribe to them using RSS feeds or e-mail.
Check your blogs to see which ones have new posts and read at least one of these everyday. I follow around ten blogs on a regular basis. Usually, at least one of these is updated so that I can read a new blog post everyday.