What a blog is:
In a very straighforward article about blogging, Andy Carvin from the Digital Divide Network writes:
"A blog, or Web log, is a public Internet journal written by one person or a group of people. Blogs contain journal entries written by the author, who's referred to as a blogger. Most blogs display the most recent entry at the top of the Web page, with previous entries below that in reverse chronological order.
Bloggers have different reasons for creating a blog. Some bloggers just like to generate debate. Others use blogging as civic journalists, writing news stories you might otherwise not see in mainstream media. Organizations often use blogs to publish newsletters, or share resources with their colleagues. Even students blog to publish their classroom writings online for peer review. But generally, most people blog because they feel they have something important to say, and are empowered by expressing themselves over the Internet. Whether it's a casual hobby or an intense avocation, blogging is a wonderful way to share your ideas with others."
Taken from Carvin, A. (2004, December 8, 2004). How to Create Your Own Blog. Retrieved February 12, 2005, from http://www.digitaldivide.net/articles/view.php?ArticleID=69
Why a blog?
I have two reasons for starting a blog. First, I have read a few articles lately that glorify blogs and their possibilities for revolutionizing not only the web, which people claim they have already done, but also the mediascape (the news) and even education. This made me think it would be cool to start my own blog, but... I am not a concerned citizen-journalist, a great mind creating debate with his every thought or part of a blog-using organization.
So, even though I don't think I have anything really important to say (except from a very egocentric perspective), or that I will be empowered by writing anything into this blog, I do think that it will be a great way to communicate whatever it is I am thinking or going through in this new stage of my life. I think it is better to just publish whatever I think than to send a collective email like I have done before. This way whoever cares or wonders can just come to the blog and get the latest news (at least the latest I have published).
I hope you enjoy the idea. If you want to send comments to my postings, you need to register using the link on the right side of the screen or just send me an e-mail asking me to do it for you.
BTW, the Spanish and English versions of the blog are not translations of one another. They simply are different. Translating is boring, so I'd rather write new stuff. Sometimes both versions will contain the same ideas, sometimes they won't. It's kind'a cool to be bilingual!