Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Blogging Terms and Definition Updated On My Tips From The Blogging Qureen Blog

It's been about a year and a half since I updated my blog terms and blog definitions list. Well, in the blogging world that's a lot of time. Lots of things have changed and a lot of new terms have been added.

So, to help my craft blog readers and anyone who is starting a blog for the first time I thought I'd update my blogging terms and definitions list. It's not a definitive list by any means and doesn't intend or claim to be so. I provide it as nothing more than a tool for my craft blogging readers and friends.

Blogs and bloggers have a language all to 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 that crafting bloggers on the web might run into.

A-List - Top bloggers who influence the blogosphere.

Above The Fold - The content on a blog that appears in the open window without scrolling downward or sideways.

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.

Anonoblog - A blog maintained by an anonymous author, often under a pseudonym or pen name. Synonyms include anonyblog, faux blog and ghostblog.

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.

Astroturfing - Also known as "astroturf marketing." The artificial creation of a grassroots buzz for a product or service.

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.

Audioblogging - Also called audioblog. Blogging using audio instead of text.

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

Back-up or Backing-up - Process of copying a blog template, and article(s and storing them on a separate medium in the event the blog template and article(s are lost or accidentally deleted.

Barking Moonbat - A negative term used to describe someone who is at the far edge of whatever ideology he or she is advocating (i.e. crazy).

Biblioblogosphere - A humorous reference to the world of librarian blogging.

Biz Blog - A business blog.

Blacklist - List of URL's the blogger has identified as banned from their blog.

Blammer - Blog spammer.

Blargon - Also called Blogssary. Blogging slang and glossary. What I am telling you now.

Blaudience - The audience or readership of a blog (i.e. the blog readers).

Blawg - A Law blog.

Bleg - A blog entry consisting of a request to the readers of a blog for information or controbutions. The name is derived from the words "blog" and "beg."

Blego - The self-worth of a blog as measured by the popularity of their blog.

Blinkie - A small blinking graphic.

Blinking - Also known as b-linking. This is moving from one blog to another by clicking on the links on a blog. See also "Blog Hopping."

Blistless or B-listless - When a blogger becomes listless or apathetic about posting. It is also indicative of what will happen to the bloggers mailing list.

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. See also "weblog."

Blogathon - Updating your blog every 30 minutes for 24 hours straight.

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

Blog Carnival - A blog post that links to other articles, within or outside of the blog, that cover a specific topic.

Blogcasting - A blog and podcast merged into a single website.

Blog Client - An application that allows a blogger to post, edit, format and perform a variety of functions for a blog or blogs without launching a browser.

Blog Day - August 31st. Bloggers worldwide post an annual recommendation of 5 new blogs. The day is intended for bloggers to highlight other blogs that differ from their own creations in terms of culture, viewpoint, design or political view or affiliation.

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

Blogebrity - Someone who is famous for blogging.

Blog Ecosystem - A map of the relationships between different blogs online.

Blogerati - The collective blogging intelligentsia, commonly understood as being the most influential and highly trafficked bloggers online by page rank and the effect of link traffic.

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

Blogger Bash - An online or offline party for bloggers.

Bloggerel - An opinion posted on a blog that has previously been repeated many times, usually ad nauseum.

Blog feed - The XML-based file in which the blog hosting software places a machine-readable version of the blog so that it may be "syndicated" for further distribution on the web. Formats such as RSS and Atom are used to structure the XML file.

Bloggies - One of the most popular blog awards.

Blogging - The act of posting on blogs.

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

Blogiday - This is when you get fed up and take a holiday from blogging.

Blogistan - Used interchangeably with blogosphere, though more often applied to warblogs or milblogs (i.e. military blogs).

Blogiversary - Birthday for the day the blog was established.

Blogiverse - See blogosphere.

Blognoscenti - Bloggers who are especially knowledgeable about the blogosphere, blogging, or their particular blogging subject area.

Blog of Note - A recommended blog.

Blogography - The profile or "About" section of a blog, often containing a short biography of the blogger.

Blogoholic - A blogger addicted to blogging.

Blogonomics - Blogging conference on a Blog Cruise in 2006.

Blogorific - Something the blogger finds wonderful. Synonyms include blogerific and blogtastic.

Blogophobia - Fear of blogging.

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.

Blogstar - Blogger running a popular blog.

Blogther - A fellow blogger.

Blogroach - A commenter on a blog who obnoxiously disagrees with any and everything posted, as rudely as is possible.

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

Blogsit - To maintain a blog while the blog's original or primary author takes a break from blogging.

Blog Site - The web location (URL) of a blog, which may be either a dedicated domain, a sub-domain, or embedded within a web site.

Blogsite - 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.

Blogsnob - Person who refuses to respond to comment on their blog from people outside their circle of friends.

Blogspot - Hosting service for blogs operated by, which in turn is run by Google.

Blpgssary - Also called Blargon. Blogging slang and glossary. What I am telling you now.

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.

Blog Tipping - Complimenting 3 blogs on day 1 of every month.

Blogware - The software used to write blogs.

Blogule - An idea within a post that does not quite constitute a meme. See also "meme."

Blogvert - An ad on a blog, Ads can be pictures, banners, text, video, etc.

Blogvertising - Advertising of any shape or nature that appears on a blog either in the sidebar(s), masthead, footnote area, or embedded within the articles of a blog. Blogvertising usually contains a clickable link to the subject advertisers website or blog.

Blog Voyeur - A reader of blogs who has no blog of their own. See also "blurker."

Bloll - A troll who specializes in blogs.

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

Blooger - A blogger acting like a teenager or in an immature manner.

Blogmarklet - A toolbar link for direct posting to a blog.

Blook - A book created from a blog.

Blurker - A reader of blogs who leaves no trace of the visits behind. See also "blog voyeur."

Boreblogging - Writing about personal matters that are barely interesting even to the writer.

BSM - Blogstream media. Generally from the most heavily trafficked blogs.

Bye-line - The text at the end of the post that identifies the blogger.

CAPTCHA - Short for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart." Security feature that shows letters and numbers and which requires the user to type into a box in order to show they are human and not a bot. Often used to minimize and eliminate posting, comment and trackback spam.

Categories - This is a method of organizing blog entries by assigning each entry to a predetermined topic. Each topic (category) will link to a list of entries, all with related content. See also "labeling."

Celeblog - A blog focused on a celebrity.

Celebriblog - A blog maintained by a celebrity.

CEOBlog. - A blog maintained by a chief executive officer. Variants include CIOBlog, CFOBlog, etc.

Clog Blog - A blog written in Dutch and/or by someone in Holland

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.

CMS - Short for Content management system. Software used to publish and manage websites.

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

Commentariat - The collection of commenters for a particular blog.

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

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

Comment Spam - Spam posted in the comment section of blogs.

Crisis Blog - A blog specifically created to respond to a public relations crisis for an organization , natural disasters, etc.

Crud- Code that unintentionally appears within the body of a blog post, instead of applying whatever formatting or action that the code was intended to perform.

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

Dark Blog - A blog that is unavailable to the public.

Dashboard - When logging into it's the first screen you see with your blog contols, tools, and functions. - The social bookmarking site where users can collectively tag favorite links.

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

DNQ/DNP - Do Not Quote/Do Not Print. Borrowed from chat shorthand, indicating that whatever the acronym is applied to should not be posted anywhere else.

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

Dooced - To have lost a job because of entries posted to a blog.

Doppelblogger - One who plagiarizes the content of another blogger. To Doppelblog.

Dowdificication - Omitting one or several words from a quote in a way that changes the nature of the statement sufficiently to illustrate a point the writer is making, in the context of launching a criticism of the author of the quote.

Down thread - Referring to a post made earlier than a comment or post that you are reading, within the same section.

Draft - A non-published article on a blog.

Edu-blog - An education oriented blog.

EFF - Short for Electronic Frontier Foundation. A nonprofit group working to protect blogger rights.

Entry - A published article on a blog. See also "post."

Expandable Post Summaries - Showing a small teaser part of the post on the index page that links to the full post elsewhere.

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.

Fisk - To deconstruct an article or post point by point, usually in such a way as to point out poorly made arguments or sloppy fact-checking.

Flame - To post a hostile comment, often directed personally to another commenter or blogger and generally deliberately inflammatory or insulting.

Flame War - A series of flames going back and forth on a blog, usually within the comment section, often going on for pages and bearing little relation to whatever topic was on the thread the flames are posted upon.

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

Footer - The bottom most part of a blog usually listing navigation and copyright statements.

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

Froglogs - French blogs.

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

GAD - Google Adsense Disorder. Repeatedly checking your adsense earnings.

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

Glog - To blog about an activity in person, where the person blogging is a participant in the activity.

Google bomb -To insert words or phrases into blogs, often as many as possible, with the intention of increase the page ranking of the words or terms on Google search results.

Group blog - A blog maintained by two or more bloggers. Synonym of groupblog. Also known as "team blogs."

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

Group Blog - A blog with several contributing editors.

Hat Tip - Acknowledgement of the source that tipped you the news.

Header - The topmost part of a blog usually containing the blog title.

Hitnosis - To become mesmerized by constantly reloading a Web browser to see if a blog's hit counter has increased or comments section has expanded.

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.

Idiotarian - Abusive term for an advocate of views a writer considers to be irrational, subjective, or without any relationship to the real world.

Image - A picture.

Index Page - The front page of a blog.

Information Super Highway - The Internet.

Instalanche - When a Web site receives a huge amount of temporary traffic due to a link being posted on The phenomenon can slow or even crash Web servers that are not configured for this amount of traffic. Also known as "Instapundited."

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.

Jump - The continuation of a story on another page to preserve space on the index page.

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.

Kittyblogger - A blogger who writes about his or her cats. More generally used to deride a blog or post as banal or boring.

Klog -A blog used by knowledge workers, where the blog itself is hosted within a company intranet for the purpose of sharing company knowledge. See also "plog."

Klogger - Someone maintains or contributes to a Klog.

Kos Kid - A term for any one who posts, or reads regularly, the blog Daily Kos. Also known as "Kwazy Kos Kids" after the eccentric nature of some of the members.

Koufax - An annual quasi-Liberal webblog award.

Labeling - This is a method of organizing blog entries by assigning each entry to a predetermined label. Each label will link to a list of entries, all with related content. See also "categories."

Lexiblographer - A person who chronicles blog terms.

Linguablog -A blog that focuses on linguistics, translation, languages, or other language-related subjects.

Link - Using hypertext, a link is a selectable connection from one word, picture, or information object to another.

Link Baiting - A habit of writing good content with the sole purpose of getting it linked from multiple sites.

Link love - To post a link to another blog without being paid or solicited to do so.

Link orgy - When a blog is linked to by many sites within a short period of time.

Link rot - The phenomenon whereby links from posts or blogrolls increasingly go dead as time passes.

Link whore - Any blogger, regardless of gender, who makes an extraordinary effort to get other blogs to link his or her blog or post. Also called a "Link slut."

Log in, blog to, log out - A catchphrase referring to blogger style of activity.

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

Mediasphere - A term describing the entirety of the conventional media, usually separate from the blogosphere.

Meme - An idea passed down on from one human generation to another. The cultural equivalent of a gene, the basic element of biological inheritance. Amongst bloggers, meme refers to an idea passed from one blog to another, cascading throughout the blogosphere.

Meme hack - An intentional change made to a meme, by using it in a different context or otherwise altering its meaning.

Metablog - To blog about blogging.

Meta-blogging - Writing blog articles about blogging.

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

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

Momosphere - Blogs written by Moms.

Movlogs - Mobile video blogs.

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

MSM - Mainstream Media.

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

Multi-blogging - Creating, maintaining, and running multiple blogs (2 or more) at the same time.

Music Blog - Audio or MP3 blog.

NavBar - A navigation bar usually seen on top of Blogger blogspot hosted blogs.

Netiquette - Etiquette on the Internet based on the Golden Rule. The need for a sense of netiquette arises mostly when sending or distributing e-mail, posting on Usenet groups, chatting and blogging.

Newbie - Someone new to a discussion or blog, often after the person demonstrated unfamiliarity with a concept or standards of communication of the forum. Also called "noob" or "noobie."

Network - A connection of two or more computers so that they can share resources.

Open Thread - A thread whose topic is open for definition by those posting to it. Common to blogs with large readerships that visit to exchange views, as opposed to focus exclusively on posts from the blogger.

OPML - Short for Outline Processor Markup Language. It is an XML format for outlines which allows you to easily import and export multiple blog subscriptions between different RSS aggregators.

Page Rank - Google measures of the importance of a page which reflects in its rankings.

Permalink - The URL of individual article posts.

Photoblog - A blog of mainly images and pictures.

Photofeed - A web feed with images.

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.

Pingback - See trackback.

Plog - A political blog or project blog.

Plugins - Small files that add improved functionality and new features.

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.

Pornblog - A blog that displays or discusses pornography. A

Post - A published article on a blog. See also "entry."

Post scheduling - Using blogging software to write posts and schedule them for publishing in the future.

Problogger - A professional blogger.

Progblog - A progressive blog. A blog that supports left, liberal or green political ideologies.

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.

RDF - Short for Resource Description Framework. A web content syndication format.

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.

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

RSS Feed - The file that contains the latest updates to an RSS-equipped page.

RTWT - Stands for "Read The Whole Thing."

Reciprocal Link - A blog link exchange.

Repost - To post a comment or post that had already been posted, either within a thread or on another blog. Generally frowned upon in the blogosphere, especially when the content is from another blogger's site.

Scribosphere - The collection of blogs that are maintained by screenwriters.

Shocklog - A blog that intentionally provokes discussion by posting content aimed at shocking readers.

SEO - Search engine optimization. To improve your search engine rankings.

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.

Sideblog - A smaller blog usually placed in the sidebar of a blog. A blog within a blog.

Simultaneous Blogasm - What happens when two bloggers post the same thought at the same time.

Skins - One of a set of pre-designed templates for a blog, giving it a customized set of images, fonts and layouts.

Skypecasting - The practice of using Skype, the VoIP telephony service, to create podcasts, vidcasts and blog entries.

Slashdotted - When a Web site receives a huge amount of temporary traffic due to a link being posted on The phenomenon can slow Web servers or even take sites temporarily offline by exceeding the allotted bandwidth for the site. The term can be used as shorthand for traffic surges due to posts on other extremely popular blogs, including Instapundit, BoingBoing, The Huffington Post or DailyKos.

SOB - Acronym for Successful and Outstanding Blogger. From

Spam - Unwanted, unsolicited email.

Spam blog - Blogs composed entirely of spam.

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

Sping - A ping sent from a splog to make recipients think content of interest has been updated although that may not be the case.

Splog - A spam blog.

Spomment - See comment spam.

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

Tag - A keyword.

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.

Team Blog - Blogs written by members of a team.

Tech Blog - A blog focused on a technical subject.

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.

Thread drift - The phenomenon of off-topic posts in a thread that is devoted to a specific topic.

Topical Blog - A blog that focuses on a niche.

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.

Trackback Ping - A ping that signals a blog's server that a post on that blog has been commented upon.

Trackback spam - Sping sent by means of the Trackback system. Many blogs stopped using Trackback after the system became flooded with this type of spam.

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.

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.

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.

Vlog - A video blog.

Vlogging - Also called video blogging. Blogging using video iunstaed of text.

Vlogger - A video blogger.

Vorage - To search for video online and share it with others.

Warblog - A blog focused on war, commonly conflict in the Middle East but not limited to that theater. Often written by soldiers or battlefield journalists.

Web Feed - Allows online users to subscribe to websites that change or add content regularly.

Weblog - Usually shortened to blog and is a type of website where entries are made (such as in a journal or diary) and displayed in a reverse chronological order. See also "blog."

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.

Word Banning - A feature from TypePad that allows a blogger to ban specific words, in addition to IP addresses, into a comment spam filter.

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.

XFN - Short for XHTML Friends Network. Is a simple way to represent human relationships using hyperlinks.

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.

Zombie blog - Also known as a "spam blog."

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.

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