By Karen Hendricks
Welcome to “Gettysburg Social.” Highlighting Gettysburg and Adams County businesses, this bi-monthly column examines the latest social media trends. This article was first published in Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, May/June 2013.
Social media avenues are evolving at the speed of light. New tools and features are constantly being added to our favorite online sites. However, one of the pillars of social media, blogging, has actually been around for a while. The word “blog,” meaning an “online personal journal, reflections or comments” was added to Merriam-Webster in 1999 and was the dictionary’s #1 word of the year for 2004. The blogging “trend” is here to stay!
Today, WordPress has cornered the market on blogging. More than 62 million WordPress blogs have been created worldwide, and since 2011, more than 100,000 new blogs are created daily, according to a handy up-to-the-minute counter on the website. WordPress.com is your source for creating free or low-cost blogs; WordPress.org is home to those who want to create a self-hosted website with a user-friendly WordPress content management system (CMS).
Almost a quarter of all new websites in the world are built with a WordPress platform. Equally astounding? The number of high-profile corporations and celebrities, even Fortune 500 companies, using WordPress. The site claims 15% of the world’s top websites use WordPress, including CNN, NBC Sports and numerous NFL sites.
Closer to home, there are two excellent examples of WordPress blogs using today’s technology, ironically, to talk about Civil War history. From the Fields of Gettysburg is the Gettysburg National Military Park’s blog by park rangers and The Road to Gettysburg is written by staff at the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Interested in blogging? Go to WordPress.com and click on “themes” to browse through the vast assortment of styles and layouts. Since wedding season is upon us, I’ll point out a popular trending theme perfect for brides-to-be: “Blissful Blog.” Has a nice “ring” to it.
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