9. Anatomy of a Blog Page

The earliest blog pages were simple. Barely formatted entries were presented in reverse chronological order and may or may not have included a date stamp. Over time, blogs have evolved to reflect the complexities of their authors, incorporating any number of page elements, some of them downright mysterious to newcomers. Today, a typical blog entry generally includes a headline; date and time stamps; the author’s name if it’s a group blog; links to reader comments; a permalink; and a trackback URL. Photos, video, and audio elements are common, as well.

In addition to individual posts with any or all of the above elements, blogs often sport search boxes, links to newsfeeds, collections of past posts in weekly or monthly ...

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