Early weblogger and developer Dave Winer (www.scripting.com) says weblogs have the following characteristics, which he sums up in the phrase "personal Web-based publishing communities":
- Personal. Blogs are created by a single person, expressing a distinct personality.
- Web-based. They're frequently updated, inexpensive to maintain and accessible via a Web browser.
- Published. Automated publishing tools help the author present his words in an attractive format, and maybe even syndicate them.
- Communities. Blogs link to other blogs and sites, acknowledging that they're part of a larger world.
Blogs have gotten a lot of notice recently - TV (Lehrer), trade rags - the works.