If you're new to blogs, this overview is for you.
If you already know how blogs work, see Blog Posts.
A short history of blogs
When the Internet was in its early days, most websites were informational or commercial. Soon blogging caught on, and blog software emerged, with the most popular being WordPress. Using blog software, people could publish online without having to know bothersome things like HTML and CSS (coding used for websites).
Blog is short for weblog, an online sort of journal. In a blog, what people publish can appear in post format. Posts can be organized into categories and viewed by topic or date.
Two things changed the use of blogs. The popularity of Facebook and other social media sites took people away from personal blogs to post on social media sites instead. Business owners, on the other hand, increasingly saw the benefits of using blog software for their websites. Websites are easier to create when the structure is already in place. People can publish content more easily. Blogs are built to be search engine friendly. And the option of having comments makes blogs potentially interactive.
Blog posts and web pages compared
Blog posts are ideal for adding new content regularly, such as new articles or updates. The publication date and author appears with each post, and search engines index blog posts quickly. With the use of plugins, links and excerpts can be sent automatically to social media sites. Categories and tags help organize them and make them easier to find.
Blog pages are meant for more static content. Dates and author names don't appear with them, and they aren't published in categories. When you see a website running on blog software, the links in the top navigation are probably to pages.