What’s a blog?

A blog is traditionally just a website with a selection of recent articles on the main page and links to chronologically-sorted articles in a sidebar. Blog authors and administrators usually create content and manage the site through a web browser instead of a dedicated desktop application.

Blog software can have other criteria for sorting, such as tags and categories. Also, some items of content make more sense as hierarchically organized pages. Not limited to just simple articles with titles, blogs can facilitate posting of custom structured content types, such as status updates, asides, FAQs, how-tos, gallery posts, recipes, reviews, video diaries, etc.

With blogs, site visitors sometimes have the option to interact with the post authors and site visitors via a comment system. However, because of maintenance headaches caused by spammers and trolls, many public websites have chosen to disable comments.

A site powered by a blog content management system can be indistinguishable from one driven by an enterprise content management system, and the answer to "what's a blog?" becomes more nebulous.