Monday, April 16, 2007

FYI - A Few Blog Terms and Definitions!

Blogs and bloggers have a language all their own that might seem strange for anyone being introduced to blogging for the first time. So, I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the more common blogging terms and their definitions:

So, now that you know what a blog is you need to know a few blog terms. Here are a few of the more common ones:

Address - A unique identifier for a computer or online website, usually a URL for a website or marked with an @ for an email address. Literally, it is how your computer finds a location on the information highway.

Aggregator - A program or website that allows users to read the contents of blog articles using RSS or Atom feeds.

Archives and Archiving - The repository of published articles for a particular blog.

Atom - An XML-based document format and HTTP-based protocol designed for the syndication of Web content such as weblogs and news headlines to Websites as well as directly to user agents.

Audioblog -A blog where the posts are voice recordings sent by mobile phone.

Autocasting - An automated form of podcasting that generates audio versions of text blogs from RSS feeds.

Biz Blog - A business blog.

Blinkie - A small blinking graphic.

Blog - A weblog, which is usually shortened to blog, is a type of website where entries are made (such as in a journal or diary) and displayed in a reverse chronological order.

Blogathy - When you don't care if you posted in your blog that day.

Blog Digest - A blog summarizes a number of other blogs on a daily or regular basis.

Blog Farm - Similar to webrings this is a website constructed from a group of linked blogs.

Blog Feed - An XML-based file that blog hosting software uses to create a machine-readable version of the blog. This allows for it to be "syndicated" for further distribution on the web. The page is read either using an RSS feed or an Atom feed.

Blogger - The owner and writer, generally, of a blog. Also associated with

Bloggies - One of the most popular blog awards.

Blog Hopping - To follow links from one blog entry to another, with related side-trips to various articles, sites, discussion forums, and more.

Blogiversary - Birthday for the day the blog was established.

Blogopotamus - A very long blog article.

Blogorrhea - A very large number of articles published by a blog.

Blog Provider - A company providing blog services and software.

Blogosphere - The blogging community.

Blogroll - A list of links to other blogs. May be manually entered by a blog user or provided by a "BlogRolling" service provider.

Blog Site - A web site which combines blog feeds from a variety of blogs and non-blog sources, and adds significant value over the raw blog feeds.

Blogstipation - Being unable to think of anything to blog about (i.e. writer's block for bloggers).

Blogstorm - The name for when a tremendous amount of activity (i.e. posting, comments, etc.) surrounds a particular subject or controversy in the blogosphere.

Blogstream - A play on the term mainstream for the alternative news and information network of weblogs.

BlogThis - These are links on a blog that allow readers to automatically generate a blog entry based on the article they are reading and to post it to their own blog.

Blogware - The software used to write blogs.

BMP - Stands for "bitmap" and is the standard graphics file format on Windows-compatible computers.

Clipart - A ready-to-use graphics file.

Clog - An online-community web forum with articles contributed by more than one person and which does not require user access to join.

Collaborative Blogs - A blog written by more than one person and often about a specific topic and requiring user access to join and publish.

Comments - Opinions left by a blog reader on the published article or a blog.

Commenter - Someone who leaves remarks in the "Comments" section of a blog or article.

CSS - Stands for "Cascading Style Shees" and are software scripts that define color, layout, font types, etc. on a webpage or blog.

Directory Blog- Directory blogs are usually focused on a particular news topic and/or provide regularly-updated links to topics of interest.

Domain - A name that identifies one or more IP addresses.

Draft - A non-published article on a blog.

Event Blog - A blog set up, specifically, for a period of time to cover an event.

Feed - An XML file containing headlines and descriptions also called news feed, content feed, xml feed or web feed.

Flog - Much like a ghost writer. A flog is a blog that is written by someone else.

Format and Formatting - The organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing).

FTP - Stands for "File Transfer Protocol" and is the language used for file transfer from computer to computer across the internet.

GIF - Stands for Graphics Interchange Format and is a compressed graphic file normally used for small images that do not require too many colors.

Graphic - An image that is generated by a computer or imaging device.

Group Blog - A blog with several contributing editors.

Host - A computer that is connected to the internet.

Hosting Company - A company that uses a web server to provide storage space for many web sites.

HTML - Stands for "HyperText Markup Language" and is a software language for designing webpages.

Image - A picture.

Information Super Highway - The Internet.

Internet - A global network connecting millions of computers that includes nearly every university, government, and research facility in the world. Also included are many commercial sites and blogs.

Intranet - A computer network, based on Internet technology, that is designed to meet the internal needs for sharing information within a single organization or company. Generally, a private network that is not accessible to the Internet.

IP Address - Stands for "Internet Protocol Address" and is a numeric address that is given to servers and users connected to the Internet.

Journal Blog - A personal diary-like blog or journal.

JPEG - Stands for "Joint Photograhic Experts Group" and is a common image format. Art and photographic pictures are usually encoded as JPEG files.

Keyword - A word or phrase that is used when searching for a website in the search engines or directories that explains the content of a website.

Milblog - Blog written by a member or veteran of the armed services.

Meme - Something that is posted on one blog and responded to on other blogs.

Meta-blogging - Writing blog articles about blogging.

Moblog - A mobile phone photoblog that if photographs taken by a users mobile phone.

Momosphere - Blogs written by Moms.

MP3 Blog - Blogs that host downloadable music in MP3 audio format.

Multi-blogger - A person or business running multiple blogs.

Multi-blogging - Creating, maintaining, and running multiple blogs (2 or more) at the same time.
Network - A connection of two or more computers so that they can share resources.

Permalink - The URL of individual article posts.

Photoblog - A blog of mainly pictures.

Ping - A feature in blog software that automatically notifies search engines, subscriber services, etc. when new posts or comments have been published. Can also be manually triggered by the blog owner on some blog ping services.

Plog - A political blog.

PNG - Stands for "Portable Network Graphics" and is a compressed graphic file normally used for images.

Podcasting - A combination of the words iPod and broadcasting where you post audio and video material onto a blog and its RSS feed specifically for digital players.

Post - A published article on a blog.

Profile - A page about the blog owner that may include a picture and other information about the blog owner. Basically, an "About Me" page supplemental to one's blog.

Published Article - Individual blog article that has been made public and given a permalink.

Publishing - The process of making a blog article public.

RSS aggregator - A reader or feedreader service or software program that allows a blogger to read an RSS feed.

RSS - Stands for "Real Simple Syndication" and is a file format that contains the latest articles posted by a blog. RSS feeds are immediate when an article is published and are read by RSS aggregators or reader. Depending upon the feed readers requirements a feed may contain just the title of the article, the title and a couple of lines, or the entire article that was posted.

RTWT - Stands for "Read The Whole Thing."

Server - A computer that delivers information and software to other computers linked by a network.

Sidebar - One or several columns placed on one or both sides of a blogs published articles.

Spam - Unwanted, unsolicited email.

Spam blog - Blogs composed entirely of spam.

Spambot - Code that automatically generates large numbers of unsolicited comment spam.

Splog - A spam blog.

Syndicate - An RSS feature that automatically informs subscribers that a new post or comment has been published on your blog.

Tag Word - A keyword.

Team Blog - Blogs written by members of a team.

Template - A document or file having a set of pre-designed formats, used as a starting point for a particular application so that the format does not have to be recreated each time it is used.

Text Editor - A text editor is any word processing program that you can use to type and edit text. Word Pad and NotePad for Windows and SimpleText and TextEdit for the Mac are common text editors. Larger programs such as Microsoft Word and Word Perfect are also text editors but they have many more features. You can actually write HTML code and create HTML pages with a simple text editor as long as you know the correct HTML syntax.

Text File - A file that contains text only and is associated most often with a text editor. Examples are Notepad files (.txt).

Thread - A series of remarks posted in the comment section of a blog that follow a specific sequence.

Topical Blog - A blog that focuses on a niche.

Typelist - Lists mainly the sidebars of blogs to other areas of interest to the blog owner or that they are recommending. They may or may not contain links to other URL's. Areas of interest could be books the owner likes, movies they like, pictures they like, etc.

TrackBack - Systems that allows a blog owner to see when someone has seen the original blog article and written another entry about it. A "ping" is sent between the two blogs alerting everyone as to the trackback.

Troll or Trolling - A person who posts content on a blog with the express intent of provoking an angry response. Trolling is the act of a troll.

URL - Stands for Uniform Resource Locator and is a string of text (i.e. the global address) that specifies the location of documents, websites, and other objects on the World Wide Web.

Web Blog - A blog.

Vlog - A video blog.

Vlogger - A video blogger.

Webpage - A document on the World Wide Web, consisting of an HTML file and any related files for scripts and graphics, and often hyperlinked to other documents on the Web.

Website - A set of interconnected webpages, usually including a homepage, generally located on the same server, and prepared and maintained as a collection of information by a person, group, or organization.

Wiki - Collaborative on-line software that allows readers to add content on a subject that can be edited by others. For example: Wikipedia.

WWW - An acronym that stands for "World Wide Web" and is is a collection of online documents stored on servers around the world, that are connected to the Internet.

WYSIWYG - An acronym for "what you see is what you get." What you see on the computer screen corresponds to what you will get as printed output.

XML - Stands for "Extensible Markup Language" and is a flexible way to create common information formats and share both the format and the data on the World Wide Web, intranets, and elsewhere.

As mentioned in Part 1 of my "Testing The blogs Series" just like text messaging, forum commenting, etc. bloggers have their own shorthand, words, and definitions, too. You don't have to be an expert on them right away or know what everything means.

If you're new to "blogging" don't worry. If you decide to create a blog before too long some of these words will become common language to you. I'm sure you may have heard some of the terms already. Some may be more obscure and you may never use them or know what they mean. I gave them all to you because I like to be thorough.

Next up in Part 3 of my "Testing The Blogs Series" is my favorite blog provider - the "Cadillac" of blogs -

In Part 4 of my "Testing The Blogs Series" we start comparing all the other blogs I've tried to my favorite. I bet you can hardly wait!

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