New to Blogging?


This information might help – it’s a whole new world.


What is a blog?

A blog is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption.  Blogs are defined by their format:  a series of entries posted to a single page in reverse-chronological order.

Topics sometimes include brief philosophical musings,  commentary on issues of all kinds,  recommendations and critiques,  advice and consolidation of data,  gossip,  breaking news,  and scoops of all kinds….From parents posting updates on the kids and travelers reporting on their adventures,  to creative expression and the passing on of great wisdom – anyone can write a blog.


How to read a blog.

  • The most current posting will be on the top.
  • Scrolling down the page will take you back in time.
  • Many blogs invite you to leave comments on their postings.
  • Each blog post is usually tagged with key words for search purposes.
  • Some blogs require you to register to comment and often your comment will be approved by a moderator before it is posted.  This helps keep out spam comments,  unrelated comments,  and inappropriate comments.


Below are some common terms used in the Blogosphere:

Blogathy:  When a blogger ceases to care about posting on a blog.

Blogosphere:  The collective community of all blogs and bloggers on the internet.

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.  These lists may also include many other kinds of recommended media,  including newspapers, journals,  books or even companies.

Flame:  To post a hostile comment,  often directed personally to another commenter or blogger and generally deliberately inflammatory or insulting.  A flame is generally not meant to be constructive,  add to a discussion or persuade other commenters of a position.

Lurker:  A reader of a blog who never comments or otherwise indicates his or her presence.

Ping:  In the context of blogging,  a ping is 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.

Tag:  A generic term for a language element descriptor,  often used in blogs to identify the type or types of content that makes up a particular post.

Tag cloud:   Visual representations of tags or keywords used in a blog.  Tag clouds may be used to organize content and can be presented in boldface to distinguish them from other text.

Trackback:  A protocol that allows a blogger to link to post,  often on other blogs,  that relate to a selected subject.  Blogging software that supports Trackback includes a TrackBack URL with each post that displays other blogs that have linked to it.

Troll:  A contributor to an online discussion whose purpose in posting is primarily is to generate intense debate,  often with intentionally inflammatory rhetoric.


Specific types of blogs:

Audioblog:  Blog where posts mainly consist of voice recordings sent by mobile phones
Blawg:  A law blog
Flog:  A blog that’s ghostwritten by someone, such as in the Marketing Department  (fake + blog)
J-blog:  Journalistic blog
Milblog:  Blogs written by members or veteran’s of any branch of the military.
Moblog:  A blog featuring posts sent by mobile phone messages,  usually photo blogs.
Mommy blog:  A blog featuring discussions about home or family.
Multiblog:  A blog constructed as a conversation between more than two people.
Phlog:  A photo blog
Spam blog:  A blog composed of spam,  or any blog whose creator doesn’t add any written value.
Vlog:  A video blog – video recordings by the person doing the blog of himself doing something
Warblog:  A blog devoted mostly or wholly to covering news events concerning an ongoing war.

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