Blogging Dictionary

A blog that advertises a product or service.

A blog where the posts consist mainly of voice recordings.

Blogging for freebies (money, help, etc.).

A combination of the words Blog and Ego, used to describe the actions of bloggers who write as to their own self worth.

Short for “web link”; a bookmark or URL

A blog is a website in which journal entries are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The term blog is a shortened form of weblog or web log. A blog comprises hypertext, images, and links (to other webpages and to video, audio and other files). Blogs use a conversational style of documentation. Often blogs focus on a particular “area of interest”, such as Washington, D.C.’s political goings-on. Some blogs discuss personal experiences. Blogs can be hosted by a blog hosting service, or can be run by a user with blog software on a regular web hosting service.

Blog Posts/Posts/Entries
Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts,” “posts” or “entries”.

Blog swarm
In BLOG, Hugh devotes a chapter to blog swarms and opinion storms. The analogy describes what happens when dozens of bloggers “swarm” around an issue/story like...a swarm of bees. That’s the image. An opinion storm is the result of a blog swarm.

Secondly, I need to clear up something. What happens when bloggers descend on an issue is a blog swarm – two words – not a blogswarm, blogstorm or blog storm. This a pet peeve of mine, and I cringe whenever I see “blogstorm.”

A comment on a blog was directed at you without using your name.

1. A person who posts entries into their blog.

2. Google’s free software program, which allows you to create a blog. They purchased the software rights from Pyra Labs in February 2003.

A term used to describe the blog community

Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called "blogging"

Blogosphere (alternate: BlogSphere or BloggingSphere)
The collective term encompassing all weblogs or blogs as a community or social network. Many weblogs are densely interconnected; bloggers read others' blogs, link to them, reference them in their own writing, and post comments on each others' blogs. Because of this, the interconnected blogs have grown their own culture.
The term blogosphere was coined on September 10, 1999 by Brad L. Graham, as a joke [1]. It was re-coined in 2002 by William Quick (quite seriously) [2] and was quickly adopted and promulgated by the warblog community.

A weblog redesign; done by someone other than the author or with outside consultation; see also webloglog. (Thanks to Jish for the word!)

A collection of links to other weblogs. When present, blogrolls are often found on the front page sidebar of most weblogs.

1. (n) - the state entered by a blogger when that person's blog reaches a popularity level which is in direct proportion to the number of things needed to be blogged about its readers; the state at which the number of personal family, friends, or acquaintances of the blogger equals or exceeds the number of neuroses carried by the blogger in question; bloggers reach this state and either quit (become "losers") or forge ahead (become "the blogger elite").

2. the state at which a blogger no longer tries to hide the fact that s/he is ego-surfing; a blogger who is in blogvana will click directly on their link from an ego-surf and not try to cut and paste or open new windows to hide the fact that s/he is ego-surfing.

Commonly used in reference to the tools used to write blogs, such as WordPress or Movable Type.

One who reads many blogs but leaves no evidence of themselves such as comments behind; a silent observer of blogs. 2. One who reads many blogs but has no blog of their own; a blog-watcher or blog voyeur. (It was coined (at least for me) by the ultimate blurker herself, Liz. Mike.)

Dark Blog
Blogs hidden behind corporate firewalls that the public does not have access to. Many companies are using dark blogs because they speed up internal communications and allow information to be shared within the corporation.

A "special" item on a blogger's blog, usually relevant to Bloggerville residents and no one else.

How Blogs Differ from Forums or Newsgroups
Blogs are different from forums or newsgroups. Only the author or authoring group can create new subjects for discussion on a blog. A network of blogs can function like a forum in that every entity in the blog network can create subjects of their choosing for others to discuss. Such networks require interlinking to function, so a group blog with multiple people holding posting rights is now becoming more common. Even where others post to a blog, the blog owner will
initiate and frame discussion.

Acronym: "hyper-text markup language"; this is not technically a programming "language"; it is a sort of code which browsers interpret to present web sites to people on line.

Internet troll
In Internet terminology, a troll is a person who posts inflammatory messages on the Internet, such as on online discussion forums, to disrupt discussion or to upset its participants. "Troll" can also mean the inflammatory message itself posted by a troll or be a verb meaning to post such messages. "Trolling" is also commonly used to describe the activity.

Link rot
The process by which links on a website gradually become more irrelevant or broken as time goes on, because the websites that are linked to disappear, change content or redirect to a new location.

The phrase also describes the effects of failing to update webpages so that they become out-of-date, containing information that is old and useless, and that clutters up search engine results. This process most frequently occurs in personal homepages that the owner has lost interest in, and is prevalent in free webhosts such as GeoCities, where there is no financial incentive to fix link rot.

An idea, project, statement or even a question that is posted by one blog and responded to by other blogs. Although the term encompasses much of the natural flow of communication in the Blogosphere, there are active bloggers and blog sites that are dedicated to the creation of memes on a regular basis.

A soldier's military chronicle.

Literally a mobile phone blog, a form of photoblog that consists of the photographs taken on users mobile phones. Particularly useful at times of crisis and major events, in which mobloggers (mobile phone bloggers) post direct pictures from the scene.

MP3 Blog
A blog that hosts downloadable music in the MP3 audio file format.

A hyperlink on a blog which links to a specific post. A permalink (a portmanteau made by contracting the phrase "permanent link") is a type of URL designed to refer to a specific information item (often a news story or blog item) and to remain unchanged permanently, or at least for a lengthy period of time to prevent link rot.

A ping is a program that checks to see if a remote computer is working. In the blogging world it is a way to let other computers know that you have updated your blog.

A form of audio blogging created by Adam Curry, a former MTV Host, and Dave Winer, the founder of Userland Software. Its name comes from the targeting of audio posts to Apples iPod audio player, although podcasts can be listened to on competing players and on computers.

The acronym RSS means Rich Site Summary, or some may consider it’s meaning as Really Simple Syndication. It creates an index of your messages (posts) that others can access, if you allow it. It may show just the headline or the headline and a summary of your post.
Visitors to your blog can sign up on your blog to be notified when you make updates. This is called an ‘RSS feed’ and can be read by an aggregator (similar to how your email shows you who has sent you a message.)

The (pointless) act of identical content being posted to several weblogs simultaneously.

TrackBack is a type of peer-to-peer communication system that was designed to send notification of updates between two Web sites via a Trackback Ping. Ping in reference to TrackBack refers to a small message sent from one Web server to another. TrackBacks are useful for informing a Web site that you have referenced its Web site within your own Web site, and is popular with bloggers. TrackBack was first released as an open specification in August 2002

Video Blog: a blog that consists of video posts.