Parish Blog Q&A

What is a Blog? Do we need it? Why Categories. Who posts?

What is a blog? Why do we need it?

“Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.


Read more at WordPress.
Read lots more at Wikipedia.

Why do we need a blog now?

This website is built with WordPress, a blogging tool that can also be used to create websites.

So, we decided to include the blog feature just to see whether there would be any interest in using it.

Do we “need” a blog? Well, let’s try it and see.
If it gets in the way, it’s easy to delete.

What do you think? Useful, or not?
Please let us know in the Website Survey & Suggestion Box.

Why are there 3 blogs?

There is actually only one blog, but 3 categories to separate different interest groups.
You can view each category separately, or see all blog posts together in one list (“All Blog Entries”).

Any blog post can belong to one or many categories.
This post, for example belongs to all categories (so it shows up in every list), AND it’s a special type that will always stick to the top of the list. For now.

What do the 3 categories mean?

Whatever we want them to mean.

These initial categories were just thrown in to get started. The “Bulletins Blog” category is pretty specific – it’s meant for the full PDF version of the weekly Parish bulletin.

Maybe “Events Blog” to promote upcoming events in the calendar?
And “News Blog” for everything else?
Are separate categories useful for those two?
Would any other categories be useful?

It’s easy to add, change or delete categories.
We can have many categories, or none.
And we can name them anything we want – they don’t need “blog” in their names.

Who posts entries to the blog?

Right now, just the Parish webmaster (aka blogmaster. Is that a word?).

If this looks useful, in future other people would be able to log in and contribute.

Can I comment or reply to a blog entry?

Normally, yes.

In this Parish website, no. Those functions have been turned off.

Why use a blogging tool to create the Parish website?

Good question. See About this website.