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A weblog or blog is an on-line journal that can be read on a web site. The author can easily add new diary entries, which appear at the top of the page.

In consultations, blogs can be used in three different ways:

  1. To publicise a consultation or explain an issue (Telling the public)
  2. To collect stories from the public (Identifying issues)
    • The Wheel's Active Citizenship Consultation collected personal stories about, and views on, active citizenship.
    • Instead of one author, many people submitted entries to a collective blog.
  3. To discuss issues (Deliberation)
    • by allowing others to comment on blog entries.
    • Mick Fealty writes news items on the Slugger O'Toole blog and invites people to leave comments on each.

To start a blog, you can:

  • Sign up to a blogging site, like Blogspot or Live Journal, or
  • Install blogging software on your own web site, e.g.