Unlocking the Meaning Behind ‘Blawg’ for Website Bloggers
By Tom Seest
At WebsiteBloggers, we help website bloggers develop strategies to create content, traffic, and revenue from website blogs based on our experiences and experimentation.
While many enjoy gaining legal information via social media updates, those seeking more in-depth understanding may turn to legal blogs (or blawgs). At UW Gallagher Law Library, we maintain a list of over 80 blawgs within Washington state.
However, just because a blog is called a blawg doesn’t mean that’s exactly what it should be.
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Blogs are websites with reverse chronological entries or posts. These posts may be personal, news-related, commercial in nature, or simply commentary on topics of interest. While bloggers may make money through ads or subscriptions, many just write for enjoyment or as an outlet to express their opinions on different subjects.
Bloggers use blogs as an outlet to share news and updates about themselves or their business with family and friends or attract potential employers. Employees blogging about work-related subjects can have both positive and negative ramifications on their employer’s reputation.
Genre blogs refer to blogs that specialize in one subject area, such as art or classical music blogs and travel or house blogs.
Blogs can be an excellent marketing tool for many businesses, drawing traffic in and converting it into leads. Blogs also serve as an information hub about an industry or niche – as well as being used by bloggers as thought leaders in that space. Bloggers may even promote products through affiliate links that lead to sales or commissions!
Some blogs specialize in specific fields, like law blogs (blawgs). Others may cover multiple subjects at once – like political blogs and news sites.
The term “blog” is an abbreviation of Weblog, first popularized in 1997 by Jorn Barger on his website Robot Wisdom and used for over two decades. Since its introduction, “blog” has gradually displaced its more lengthy predecessors – Web diary and weblog.
Blogs can either exist as separate domains or be integrated into an existing website. While many use free platforms like WordPress for their blogs, others pay for hosting services like Squarespace or Wix that offer similar options.
There are both advantages and disadvantages associated with both approaches to online presence. If you don’t want to invest the time needed for frequent content updates, a website might be best. But if your business requires frequent updates, blogging might be more appropriate; many businesses take a hybrid approach by creating static pages on their main domain with subdomain hosting blogs for frequent updates.
There are various formats used to display blog posts on a website. While some bloggers prefer a traditional website structure with static pages, others opt to host their blog as its own subdomain. Many businesses take a combined approach by hosting both their website and blog simultaneously for maximum impact when building content and engaging audiences.
Some blogs focus on specific subjects, like political blogs, journalism blogs, health blogs, and travel vlogs (also called vlogs). Others provide discussions of home and family, known as house or mom blogs. Furthermore, this blogging format has enabled a host of genre blogs such as art blogs, music blogs, project blogs, and law blawgs (sometimes shortened to blawgs).
Commonly, people associate “blog” with the website. Although these two terms share many qualities in common, not every website qualifies as a blog. Initially coined to describe websites publishing short, frequent articles, it was later shortened to “weblog” before becoming simply blogs.
Bloggers can reach specific audiences through their blogs. For instance, legal bloggers could publish a blawg about an ongoing case or opinion piece about proposed legislation; other blogs might focus on particular topics or genres like politics, journalism, health blogging (also called travelogs), book blogs, family or home blogs, project blogs or photography blogs.
A “blawg” is an informal term referring to an online journal or log dedicated to legal topics, often written by law professors, lawyers, or law students and covering either general legal topics or specific areas. Examples of popular blawgs include SCOTUSblog, AboveTheLaw, and The Volokh Conspiracy.
The exact origins of the term blog remain uncertain, although some theories propose it stems from a combination of weblog and law blog – neither word actually means anything – though its first recorded use dates back to 1997; its short form ‘blog’ then quickly gained popularity during the mid-1990s.
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