Blogs.dal.ca is the home of the Dalhousie blogging platform, a service of Communications and Marketing. It’s a tool provided to departments, faculties and offices at Dalhousie to add unique voices to their web presence. Blogs can provide a more direct and personal platform for communicating with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the communities outside Dal’s borders.
Blogs, short for ‘web logs,” are journals for the 21st century. They first became popular as online personal diaries, but as people came to trust their authentic writing style, blogs gained credibility and moved from the personal realm to the professional, put to use in countless fields including business, journalism, entertainment and education.
Blogs differ from traditional websites in several ways:
- Content is organized into ‘posts’ and presented in reverse chronological order.
- Content is updated on a regular basis and can be subscribed to through an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed.
- The writing style is much more conversational than traditional web content and often reflects an author’s personality.
- Blogs often (but not always) allow for user comments and responses.