Whose job is it to make up all these bizarre new ICT words – wikis, podcasting  and blogs? I’d like that job! Take the last of those, blogs. It’s actually short for weblog – a log or diary that you keep on the world wide web. With an estimated 70,000 new blogs (or online diaries) created worldwide – everyday – it’s clearly an important phenomenon.

Whereas a diary is usually an intensely personal affair for your eyes only (what I wouldn’t have given to have read my sister’s diary all those years ago…) a blog is a bit different. A blog takes the personal and conversational nature of diaries and give this a public dimension, via the web – and allows you to do this easily, quickly and without the need to be, well, geeky… Think of it as a personal web page made up of frequently updated information. You can give voice to your opinions on any subject. If you create a blog you’ll become a ‘blogger’ engaged in the process known as ‘blogging’.

Designing your blog is point-and-click (using words, pictures, video or sound) and you can be up and running in minutes. You can update your blog as often as you wish, keeping it fresh and attractive for regular visitors. Importantly, you can show links to other material, such as other blogs or web sites with relevant, additional, information. If you’d still like to keep your thoughts private or by invitation only, you can protect it with a password. But because most blogs are public, you might be surprised how many people read and comment on your views and thoughts.

It’s a big area to understand and to use well in schools. But with blogging tools like Posterous, it’s never been easier to create a dynamic, safe and attractive blog with text, images, sound and video.

Find out more about blogging – click here.