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Blogging Terms For Beginners

(This list comes out of Wikipedia, thought that those new to blogging can benefit from it. It’s also just good to refresh your memory once in a while!)

A

Atom
Another popular feed format developed as an alternative to RSS.

Autocasting
Automated form of podcasting that allows bloggers and blog readers to generate audio versions of text blogs from RSS feeds.

Audioblog
A blog where the posts consist mainly of voice recordings sent by mobile phone, sometimes with some short text message added for metadata purposes. (cf. podcasting)

B

Bleg
A blog article that begs for something, such as a donation or product sale.

Blog Carnival
A blog article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.

Blog client
(weblog client) is software to manage (post, edit) blogs from operating system with no need to launch a web browser. A typical blog client has an editor, a spell-checker and a few more options that simplify content creation and editing.

Blogger
Person who runs a blog. Also blogger.com, a popular blog hosting web site. Rarely: weblogger.

Bloggernacle
Blogs written by and for Mormons (a portmanteau of “blog” and “Tabernacle)”. Generally refers to faithful Mormon bloggers and sometimes refers to a specific grouping of faithful Mormon bloggers.

Bloggies
One of the most popular blog awards.

Blogroll
A list of blogs, usually placed in the sidebar of a blog, that reads as a list of recommendations by the blogger of other blogs.

Blogosphere
All blogs, or the blogging community. Also called blogistan or, more rarely, blogspace.

Blogware
A category of software which consists of a specialized form of a Content Management System specifically designed for creating and maintaining weblogs.

C

Collaborative blog
A blog (usually focused on a single issue or political stripe) on which multiple users enjoy posting permission. Also known as group blog.

Comment spam
Like e-mail spam. Robot β€œspambots” flood a blog with advertising in the form of bogus comments. A serious problem that requires bloggers and blog platforms to have tools to exclude some users or ban some addresses in comments.

D

Desktop Blogging Client
An off-line blog management (posting, editing and archiving) tool

F

Fisking
To rebut a blog entry in a line-by-line fashion.

Flog
A portmanteau of “fake” and “blog”. A blog that’s ghostwritten by someone, such as in the marketing department.

Feeds
RSS Feeds

M

Milblog
Term for blogs written by members or veterans of any branch of military service – Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines. A contraction of military and blog.

Moblog
A portmanteau of “mobile” and “blog”. A blog featuring posts sent mainly by mobile phone, using SMS or MMS messages. They are often photoblogs.

Multiblog
A blog constructed as a conversation between more than two people.

P

Permalink
Permanent link. The unique URL of a single post. Use this when you want to link to a post somewhere.

Phlog
Type of blog utilising the Gopher protocol instead of HTTP

Photoblog, A
A portmanteau of “photo” and “blog”.

Photoblog
A blog mostly containing photos, posted constantly and chronologically.

Pingback
The alert in the TrackBack system that notifies the original poster of a blog post when someone else writes an entry concerning the original post.

Podcasting
Contraction of β€œiPod” and β€œbroadcasting” (but not for iPods only). Posting audio and video material on a blog and its RSS feed, for digital players.

Post
An entry written and published to a blog.

Post Slug
For blogs with common language URLs, the post slug is the portion of the URL that represents the post. Example: http://domain.com/2008/01/this-is-the-post-slug

R

RSS
Really Simple Syndication is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts.

RSS aggregator
Software or online service allowing a blogger to read an RSS feed, especially the latest posts on their favourite blogs. Also called a reader, or feedreader.

RSS feed
The file containing a blog’s latest posts. It is read by an RSS aggregator/reader and shows at once when a blog has been updated. It may contain only the title of the post, the title plus the first few lines of a post, or the entire post.

S

Spam blog
A blog which is composed of spam. A Spam blog or “any blog whose creator doesn’t add any written value.”

Slashdot effect
The Slashdot effect can hit blogs or other website, and is caused by a major website (usually Slashdot, but also Digg, Metafilter, Boing Boing, Instapundit and others) sending huge amounts of temporary traffic that often slow down the server.

Subscribe
The term used when a blogs feed is added to a feed reader like Bloglines or Google. Some blogging platforms have internal subscriptions, this allows readers to receive notification when there are new posts in a blog.

Search engine friendly URLs
Or for short, SEF URLs, implemented with a Rewrite engine.

T

Templates
Templates, used on the “back end” of a blog that work together to handle information and present it on a blog.

Theme
CSS based code that when applied to the templates will result in visual element changes to the blog. The theme, as a whole, is also referred to as a blog design.

TrackBack
A system that allows a blogger to see who has seen the original post and has written another entry concerning it. The system works by sending a ‘ping’ between the blogs, and therefore providing the alert.

V

Vlog
A video blog; a vlogger is a video blogger (e.g. someone who records himself interviewing people of a certain field).

W

Warblog
a blog devoted mostly or wholly to covering news events concerning an ongoing war.

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2 thoughts on “Blogging Terms For Beginners

  1. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is required to get set up? I’m assuming having
    a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not
    100% certain. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Appreciate it

    • It doesn’t take a lot of money, to be honest. You can start your own WordPress blog for free. Then I’d say go and buy yourself the Blogging for Dummies book. (I only bought it after three years of blogging and I still learnt a few things. )

      When I began my blog I relied on blog tutorials on the Internet, and bumbled my way along until I learnt more and started to understand what blogging meant.

      Good luck!

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