Why do people write blogs?

Ann – like many of my school friends, I used to spend hours every day writing a diary. But while they kept them hidden under their beds, I needed an audience, interaction and feedback ( information or statements of opinion about something, such as a new product, that can tell you if it is successful or liked) . So, I invented a few personalities, the details of which were far more interesting than mine and I posted (to leave an electronic message on a website) it all.

Dave – a year ago I was a professional minding my own business (to take care of someone or something). I created my own visual for my blog and before I knew it –doing weird stuff like trackbacks (sth to make certain that you know what is happening or has happened to someone or something). I had no idea what a trackback was, but I went from 40 hits (a request to use a web page on the internet that is then counted to calculate the number of people looking at the page) a day to close to a hundred overnight. 

Carol – I’m a lecturer and it’s refreshing (pleasantly different and interesting) to be able to step outside my academic interests and into a different world. One of the first lessons I learn is that the blogosphere ( all the blogs on the internet, and the people who write or read them) is a genuine community. After asking a question in a blog comment about what qualities are needed in a good blog, I soon got spot-on (exactly right) advice from a blogger I didn’t even know. Then I had an invitation to a local face-to-face blogger meet-up ( a meeting with sb), which was an amazing experience.

Debbie – I started my blog for a very practical reason. It was clear to me that blogs were going to become a useful tool in my future job as a journalist and I figured (to expect or think that something will happen) blogging as the quickest way get up to speed.



Answer the questions:

  1. Who started the blog as a way of improving career prospects?- debbie
  2. Who used personal diaries to turn them into a blog? -Ann
  3. Who met another blogger? -Carol
  4. For whom it was a discovery that a blogosphere is a real community? – Carol



Remember that in order to sound polite, you should use more indirect questions. When you build an indirect question, use a structure of a sentence.



  1. Do you know ___________________________________?

(Where is she?)

2. I wonder _____________________________________.

(Where did he work in 1997?)

3. Could you tell me _______________________________?

(Has she been to Great Britain?) 

4. I’d like to know ________________________________.

(Can you help me?) 

5. Do you know ___________________________________?

(Where is the concert?) 

6. I’d like to know _________________________________.

(How much does it cost?)  

7. Can you tell us __________________________________?

(Where does he live?)

8. Do you think you could tell me _______________________?

(What is the best time to call her?)




BE AT ODDS WITH  STH = be in conflict

ON A NEED TO KNOW BASIS = so that sb is told only what they need to know and only when they need to know it 



MULL STH OVER = spend time thinking carefully about a plan or proposal

GIVE SB AWAY = make known sth so that sb wants to keep secret



Fill each gap with the missing preposition.

  1. Make sure your body language isn’t at odds ………….………..what you are saying.
  2. I think he is mulling the ideas …………………..too much.
  3. I hope you will not give…………… …………my secret.
  4. I want all information on a need ………….………… know basis.




“Blogging is becoming more and more popular every day. Should you join the blogosphere? Take a look at this list to help you make your decision about blogging.

  1. To Express Your Thoughts and Opinions –You have something to say, and blogs provide a place to say it and be heard.
  2. To Market or Promote Something- Blogging is a great way to help market or promote yourself or your business, product or service.
  3. To Help People- Many blogs are written to help people who may be going through similar situations that the blogger has experienced. Many parenting and health-related blogs are written for this purpose.
  4. To Establish Yourself as an Expert- Blogs are wonderful tools to help bloggers establish themselves as experts in a field or topic. For example, if you’re trying to get a job in a specific field or hoping to publish a book on a specific topic, blogging can help legitimize your expertise and expand your online presence and platform.
  5. To Connect with People Like You- Blogging brings like-minded people together. Starting a blog can help you find those people and share your opinions and thoughts.
  6. To Make a Difference- Many blogs are issue-based meaning the blogger is trying to provide information to sway people’s thinking in a certain direction. Many political blogs and social issues blogs are written by bloggers who are trying to make a difference in their own ways.
  7. To Stay Active or Knowledgeable in a Field or Topic- Since successful blogging is partially dependent on posting frequency and providing updated, fresh information, it’s a perfect way to help a blogger stay abreast of the events in a specific field or topic.
  8. To Stay Connected with Friends and Family- The world has shrunk since the Internet has become more accessible. Blogs provide a simple way for family and friends to stay connected from different parts of the world by sharing stories, photos, videos and more.



– to legitimize = to make something legal or acceptable
– establish sb as sb = to be in a successful position over a long period of time
– like-minded = having similar opinions or thinking
– sway people’s thinking  = to persuade someone to believe or do one thing rather than another
– stay abreast of = to make sure you know all the most recent facts about a subject or situation


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  1. Debbie
  2. Ann
  3. Carol
  4. Carol


  1. Do you know _________where she is__________________________?
  2. I wonder ______where he worked in 1977______________________.
  3. Could you tell me ______if she has been to GB___________________?
  4. I’d like to know _____if you can help me________________________.
  5. Do you know _____where the concert is_________________________?
  6. I’d like to know ________how much it cost______________________.
  7. Can you tell us _____where he lives___________________________?
  8. Do you think you could tell me ______what the best time to call her is_?


  1. Make sure your body language isn’t at odds …………..with………..what you are saying.
  2. I think he is mulling the ideas …………over………..too much.
  3. I hope you will not give……………away …………my secret.
  4. I want all information on a need ………….to………… know basis.