Wikipedia defines a blog as:

(a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. [source: Blog entry, Wikipedia]


What do blogs have to do with government?

By offering a less formal and more direct way of communicating with citizens, and by allowing citizens to comment on blog posts, blogs help break down barriers between citizens and government. Conversation goes two ways, not just one way -- and is more directly influenced by the needs of users. Because blogs are a less formal way to share information, users should carefully read the comment policy, the terms of use, and the privacy policy for each blog they visit.

What does this RSS icon mean?

The RSS icon means that the page or blog is available as a web feed. This means that you can subscribe to read new content in a feed reader, instead of having to visit websites to see if they've been updated.

Federal government blogs

GovGab: Your U.S. government blog
The purpose of Gov Gab is to demonstrate the usefulness, practicality, helpfulness, and vitality of federal, state, and local government information through real-life examples in the bloggers' daily lives.

Other U.S. government blogs: Find active and archived blogs from U.S. federal agencies such as:

  • Greenversations: Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) blog, written by EPA employees who share their perspective on environmentalism.
  • The TSA blog: This blog is sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on innovations in security, technology and the checkpoint screening process.
  • US Department of Education blog: The purpose of this blog is to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on education issues.

State government blogs

All state government blogs can be found at www.mass.gov/blogs.