Vlog is particularly interesting, because part of the term – blog – is already a mash-up word of it’s own. The fancy literary term for a mash-up is actually a portmanteau. “A blog is a portmanteau of the term web log,” according to the Wikipedia page for Blog.
A Blog is a common type of website. Not quite a journal or a diary, but not necessarily the news or written by a reporter. A blog is a periodical online, usually written by a novice or amateur writer and it’s just a web log, and online log of content. Blogs can range in variety – you name a topic, and I’m sure there are all kinds of blogs that exist about it.
Parenting, lifestyle, health and fitness, cooking, car, shopping, fashion – these are all populkar varieties of blogs.
Snoo.ws is a blog. It’s the company blog for ICUC – we not only report on issues pertaining to social media and the online industry we work in, we discuss events happening within ICUC, we recognize employees, run contests. It’s the log for everything going on with ICUC, as well as the launching point for ideas and articles we have about our work, our industry, social media, and more.
So, a vlog is just a video version of a blog.
Sometimes people just record themselves speaking into a camera. And the spoken words are in lieu of written text.
The overall concept is the same, and the room for variety is epic just as it is when you try to define “blogs.” There are so many kinds of vlogs, more than I could list here. Any kind of blog that’s presented in the format of a video – be it a presentation, an animation, a recording of live action, those are all different kinds of vlogs.
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