I’ve been reading Jason Kottke’s blog on and off for a while now, but I never had a real reason to link to what he writes mostly because most of it didn’t interest me much. However, he just pointed out William Safire’s “web logs” blooper, reminding us of his own blog entry from August 2003 that web logs are not weblogs. To help illustrate the point, I’m posting a recent web log entry for my blog in this weblog entry:
x.x.x.x - - [21/Feb/2006:21:23:10 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 53648 "" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:18.104.22.168) Gecko/20060111 Firefox/22.214.171.124" 1.990597 "[cookies removed]" "dossy.org"
I sanitized it a bit to mask the IP address and the cookies that are logged, but otherwise, it’s a real live example of a web log entry.
I don’t know if I’d call a “web log” a chronologically-ordered and frequently updated website … it is chronologically-ordered for the most part (sometimes slightly out of order if your web server is multi-threaded and does asynchronous writes to the web log, like I know Netscape Enterprise Server did back in version 3.x) and as long as you get reasonable traffic, it’s updated frequently … but I don’t think posting them to a website would be very interesting, unless you’ve got a data mining fetish.