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BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place Guide: Understanding Blogs

A guide to library and learning resources for - Our Space: Networks, Narratives, and the Making of Place

You'll be writing a series of blog posts for BA1002 assessment

What is a blog?

The word blog is short for web log, an online, regularly updated journal or newsletter that is readily accessible to the general public.  Blogs typically report and comment on topics of interest to the author, and are usually written and posted using software specifically designed to facilitate blogging; they include hyperlinks to other website and, often, photos, video clips, and the like. The most recent entry by the blogger is posted at the beginning of the blog, with earlier entries following in reverse chronological order; comments and other responses to the blog by readers are often posted after each entry.

What are blogs used for?


Online journal

Political comment 

Creating a new genre of journalism

No editorial oversight


To gain support and recognition for a cause


For marketing and public relations

Companies and organizations may also create fake blogs, or ‘flogs', which are designed to promote a product or political viewpoint

Find out more from New Makers/News Faker


Informal scholarship that provides researchers with greater potential for engagement, outreach and impact with their peers and the wider community

Find out more about composing Academic Blogs (download) from Duke University

Guilty Mother Slugger O'Toole Greenpeace Australia  JCU Library News

A Turtle on a Leash

Views from the North














Blog. (2008). In The Columbia Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Blog. (2009) In S. Dent (Ed.), Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Retrieved from

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