Blogs are websites where regular entries are made (such as in a journal or a diary) and presented in reverse chronological order. Blogs often offer commentary or news on a particular subject, such as technology, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual although many focus on photographs, videos, or audio.
Some blogs are very focused on the personal writing of the author. Others take an editorial approach, as editors search the Web looking for interesting content. On their blogs, they may then write up a short comment and link to this content. Others use blogs as a collaborative tool among a defined group of people who work together on a specific product or issue.
Another form of blogging is the microblog. As its name suggests, microblogging is simply writing extremely short blog posts in the vein of text messaging. An example of a microblog is Twitter. The messages can either be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group that is chosen by the user.
The majority of State agencies and departments who have blogs are using WordPress, so this section of WebTools is primarily focused on that service. However, there are other free or fee-based tools available including Blogger, Tumblr, and Posterous.
Departments Using Blogs
Let us know about your blog (government agencies only) – regardless of what blog platform you use. Your blog should be included on the master list on the CA.gov website.
Embedding a Blog
- RSS Feeds – Most blogging platforms like WordPress output RSS feeds, so these feeds can be used throughout your website and other services in creative ways. For example, the state is using RSS feeds in the News.ca.gov portal. Read about WordPress’ RSS feeds and an article on RSS feeds in WordPress to get some ideas.
To get help setting up a new blog, contact us. (government agencies only)