What is a blog? Short for "weblog," a blog is a publicly-accessible online journal to which you can post thoughts, reflections, links to other websites, and the like. One major advantage of a blog is that it is viewable by anyone with a web browser connected to the Internet, which means that anybody can join in the conversation; a secondary advantage is the fact that blogs are part of the wider web-based Internet, so that bloggers can, through their posts, join in wider conversations between sites. This feature of blogs also poses challenges in regards to privacy. Although you will not be posting under your full name, you should still be mindful of the fact that you are speaking in public and in a forum that, even if deleted, may still be accessed.