Welcome to Tech-Knowledgy where your tech questions are answered.
Q. What is a blog?
A. When I tell people that I write a blog, the response I get most often is, “That’s great! What’s a blog?”
Blog is short for web log and started out meaning an online journal but has evolved into websites that use many different formats. I describe The Wonder of Tech to people as sort of an online magazine about personal technology, with articles about tech Monday through Wednesday, a poll on Thursdays and a Q & A feature on Fridays.
But other blogs have different formats. Some blogs are niche blogs, other blogs are more general in their purpose. You can find blogs on a variety of topics you’re interested in. With over one hundred million blogs on the Internet, you should be able to find plenty of blogs that interest you. Or you might find an author whose writing you enjoy who introduces you to a topic you never had an interest in before. Many bloggers write about their journey in life so you can be a fly on the wall, reading what happens in their exciting lives.
The difference between a blog and an online magazine is that often blog writers will interact with their readers. There are certainly exceptions to this. Some blogs do not allow comments, while others allow comments but the author doesn’t respond to the readers. I have a preference for blogs where the author responds to the readers’ comments, but I also read plenty of tech blogs where that doesn’t happen.
The most amazing thing about blogs is the blogging community. When I started a blog, I was warned by my friends and family that I would receive a lot of negative comments from flamers who just wanted to be rude and criticize others. Exactly the opposite has happened. Instead, I have found amazing people who are incredibly supportive, as has been shown with the support I received during the CBS Philly Most Valuable Blogger contest. If you think bloggers are competitive, well that couldn’t be farther from the case, at least with the ones I’ve had the extraordinary good fortune to meet.
Versatile Blogger Award
Within the past few weeks, I have received the Versatile Blogger Award from three fellow bloggers: Bill Dorman, Adrienne Smith and Deeone Higgs. I am truly honored to have been recognized by these incredible writers and I am hereby fulfilling my obligations in accepting this award.
The Versatile Blogger Award comes with these requirements:
- Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in my post.
- Share 7 things about myself.
- Pass this award along to up to 15 recently discovered blogs.
Okay, this is easy. Thank you very much, Bill, Adrienne and Deeone. Your support of me and The Wonder of Tech is awesome and greatly appreciated!
Seven things about myself. Well, I covered a lot with #NicheAmnesty in my blog post Online Friends: Can They Be “Real” Friends?, but here are seven things I haven’t mentioned before:
1. I drive a Ford Flex. There is a camaraderie among Flex owners similar to that among bloggers.
2. The longest I ever lived in one place was when I lived in West Windsor, New Jersey (outside of Princeton) for eleven years.
3. I am now living in my favorite place I have ever lived.
4. Speed Racer was my favorite cartoon growing up, unless you count Bugs Bunny as a cartoon.
5. I have traveled to more foreign countries than states in the United States.
6. I haven’t failed a driver’s test (3 times) or a bar exam (2 times).
7. I’ve failed at plenty of other things, but I always try to learn from my failures.
Exciting blogs you should check out:
Update 7/2015: I have removed links to blogs that are no longer available or have been taken over by new owners.
1 Woman’s Vu by Nikki Stern A powerful and thought-provoking blog on a variety of topics.
Balanced WorkLife by Bryce Christiansen. Bryce has his priorities straight and will help you with yours too!
Dollar Templates and Fonts by Allyson Stewart. This author knows more about website customization than anyone else. Period.
Effortless Ebook Writing by Mouh Azizoun. Not only does this blog teach you about fonts and blogging, Mouh gives readers free gifts such as fonts and special tools and graphics to make your website even more creative.
Habitation of Justice by Lincoln Adams. Lincoln’s irreverent and humorous view of life will get you laughing and thinking.
Mike10613’s Blog by Mike Maynard. If you’re wondering where the 10613 comes from, it’s probably the number of topics he covers. My favorite topic on Mike’s blog is his Neodigital Art series, but he also shares his advice on cooking, electronics, living frugally, politics and Farmville.
My Lifestyle Max by Stacey Herbert. Her blog transports you to Bali, as you read about how she has to battle monkeys, and gives you great advice about getting through this thing called life.
My Time Matters by Vitaly Tennant. If you’re looking for a fascinating, off-beat blog, check out this one.
The Natural Networker by Janet Callaway. In this aptly-titled blog post, Janet advises how to make and keep connections online.
Sly Marketing by Jens Berget. Jens writes (in English) about marketing which, when translated from Norwegian, must mean “how to treat others.” Jens’ insightful advice makes you look at life in a different way.
Start Your Novel by JM Bell. Fiction writing is my first love and this blog truly inspires with advice on writing and powerful opening scenes.
Technically Speaking by Gary Braley. Gary takes even the most complicated tech and makes it interesting and understandable.
Thoughts on Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Motivation by Ashvini Kumar Saxena. I call Ashvini “The Professor” because reading his blog is like attending a business school class with your favorite professor. He’s a Kindle author and developer as well!
The Top 10 Blog by Tony Hastings. Leave yourself plenty of time when you visit this intriguing blog with top 10 lists on every topic you can imagine!
The Unofficial Blog of Stan Faryna by Stan Faryna. Stan’s powerful and haunting podcast series is so powerful, each episode will reside with you for a long time.
Blogs are a great way to learn about a topic and engage with others. Try checking out the superb blogs on my Versatile Blogger list and discover some pure gems!
Have you discovered any amazing blogs lately? What are some of your favorite blogs? Let us know in the Comments section below!