The name "blog" is actually a shortening of the original term weblog. In short a blog is a website that allows people to record their thoughts and emotions. Earlier blogs were a bit less fancy than ones today that allow you to embed videos and pictures to go along with your compositions. Over a decade ago, when the Internet was still more of a curiosity than an everyday necessity blogs were little more than text only diaries that the more web savvy among us set up. By 2006, entire web directories such as Wordpress and LiveJournal were dedicated to making blogging easier. That year there were estimated to be as many as 100 million blogs in existence across the globe.