What is a blog?
A blog is short for “web log”. A blog is a website that allows an individual or group of individuals to share a running log of events and information related to a particular topic. It is also a regularly updated journal published on the web. Some websites sites are intended for a small audience; others vie for readership with national newspapers.Blogs can be very influential, personal, or both, and they reflect as many topics and opinions as there are people writing them.
In recent years, blogging has become a legitimate source of news and information on the web. Many bloggers (people who write blogs) have turned their website into a full time profession.
What Private Investigators Need to Know
As a private investigator, you want and need to spend your time solving cases. You don’t need to spend any more time than is absolutely necessary creating and managing your website. Having an online presence is critical to your success, so you can’t avoid it altogether. Online blogging platforms and content management systems make it easy to manage your site, without having to understand how to program or write HTML code. They make it easy to have a basic website up and running in no time, and they allow you to focus on content, not programming.
Most Popular Blogging Platforms
For more information on various blogging platforms, please visit the following websites (most are free):
Blogger – Website that makes setting up blogs easy and fun. Owned by Google.
Drupal – Drupal is an open source content management publishing platform. Drupal makes authoring web content easy and it’s most important feature is its flexibility. And best of all, it’s free.
Joomla – Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.
LiveJournal.com – LiveJournal is an online journaling community, where people from around the world share stories, discuss topics and keep in touch with friends. It’s a free service that you can use for meeting people and creating bonds through writing and sharing.
Twitter.com – Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? Twitter is known as more of a “microblog” because it limits the number of characters you can use for each post.
Technorati.com – Technorati is an authority on what’s happening on the World Live Web, right now. The Live Web is the dynamic and always-updating portion of the Web. We search, surface, and organize blogs and the other forms of independent, user-generated content (photos, videos, voting, etc.) increasingly referred to as “citizen media.” Recently acquired by Synacor.
WordPress – WordPress is a blogging tool and website publishing platform. We recommend WordPress as the best choice for private investigators. It is easy to setup, easy to use and makes maintaining your website a breeze. Also, it comes with a number of great plugins to help you manage security, fixing broken links, build your social media presence and review website analytics. It’s what we’ve been using to manage the content for einvestigator.com since 2012.