Blog Nomenclature

Dave Naylor

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Categories: Blogging

Blog Nomenclature

Blogging L-plates really should be a thing

I’ve been building, maintaining, using and indeed reading blogs for a long time. Certainly since the mid-to-late nineties. First using static HTML pages FTPd to a dial-up account home page, then on to B2/Cafelog, the forerunner to WordPress.

In fact whilst on B2, my blog here at Caramboo Dot Com ran on one of 2000 webservers on the internet serving up B2.

When B2 development became dormant I moved over to WordPress since it was the de-facto official fork.

I’ve since used several other blogging platforms and content management systems such as Drupal, Ghost, Grav and more. This site runs on Hugo

When it comes to blogs, I’ve been there from the start; I know a thing or two about them.

What’s a Blog

The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger on December 17, 1997 and contracted to “blog” after Peter Merholz used the phrase “we blog” in the sidebar of his own blog in April 1999.

Blog can therefore be a noun or a verb. A blog and to blog. Simple stuff.

A blog is described at Wikipedia as:

…a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.

Thus we can establish that a website containing posts can be described as a blog and to describe what kind of posts they are, we can use the term “blog posts

It’s totally wrong to say that a post on a blog is also a blog, because that’s stupid. If you’re writing a newspaper article, you’re not writing a newspaper. If you’re writing a programme article, you’re not writing a programme.


I’m not alone

Here are others pointing out this basic Internet 101 stuff:

Let’s get this straight up front: I am now writing a blog post, not blogging a blog.

For many, using the word blog when you mean blog post is an understandable mistake. Most who make it are new to blogging, or aren’t fluent in the language of the Web. But over the last several months it’s become clear to me that the tendency to make this error has infected even some of the most Internet-savvy denizens of the Web. And it needs to stop.

A blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a website consisting of entries (posts) that are displayed in reverse chronological order with the most recent post appearing first. “Blogs” refers to the universe of blogs – not to individual posts. Blogs are created using software like WordPress or TypePad. Blogging is a verb that means writing posts (not writing blogs).

One of my pet peeves is when people refer to “blog posts” as “blogs.” It is not uncommon to hear someone say, “I just wrote a new blog.” A blog is the place where the blog post lives. Nobody writes blogs; we write blog posts.

Be Afraid — They’re Amongst Us

I read a blog post on a business site the other day that fell into this very trap. Ironically, the post was about how to write a blog (sic).

I’ll save your sanity by not linking to the post but feast your eyes on this gem of a quote:

This is the 4th blog in our ‘How To’ blog series and this time we’re talking about, well, blogs! How many times do you reckon we can say blog in this… blog?

Writing a blog may seem easy, and it can be. But far too many times we’ve seen generic posts that are either boring, copycats or just plain messy.

So what can you do to ensure your blogs stand out from the crowd and actually peak interest from your audience.?

We’ll be discussing some points you ought to focus on when writing and publishing your blogs.

Please don’t write crap like that, especially if you’re giving advice about blogging.

Just remember: blogs contain blog posts or posts, not blogs. It’s really that simple.


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