What Is This ‘Blogging’?

National Blog Posting Month – February 2014 – Perspective

Prompt – You meet an alien and need to explain to it blogging. Explain what blogging is (and what blogging means to you) without ever using the word “blog.”


The Up-Goer Five. Credit: XKCD CC 2.5 By-NC


I decided to approach this post by using only the 1000 most common words in the English language, as illustrated by the Up-Goer Five, on XKCD. Theo Sanderson put together a text editor that will complain if you use any words besides these one thousand (or more properly ten hundred) most common words.

So… What is blogging?


A ‘blog’ is a fast and easy way to tell and share short stories, news, and important things (like pictures of cats) using a computer. Anyone who has a computer can find and read the stories.

I write things about my job, and also stories about things that didn’t happen in real life. Some days, I only have pictures to look at. Other days, it’s as if I have written a whole book.

I write these things so that other people can read them and learn about what I do and what my life is like. I also write because it makes me happy, and I like to think that what I write will make other people happy, too.

I like to use my computer to read the ‘blogs’ that other people have written so that I can learn about them and what they do. I also like the stories that other people write.


  1. Rubina says:

    Hi Penny,
    Lovely post. I started blogging just for fun. Today it has not only become my anti stress reliever but my own space in the cyber. It is so therapeutic. Something you do because you love. Wonderful post 🙂


    1. Penny says:

      Blogging is a great outlet. And, I’ve discovered, many of the things I do that I think mark me as bizarre or an outlier, turn out to be things lots of others do and agree with. It can be such a relief to discover you’re not alone!


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