What Is Blogging – Information and Definitions
Ever get an itch? A writer’s itch? The desire to express yourself and share your thoughts out loud? A good question to ask yourself might be “what is blogging”? While most of you reading this post are already blogging, I’m hoping that some folks who are curious about blogging and what it might be, will find the following information helpful.
A blog (a blend of the term “weblog”) is a type of website or part of a website.
Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or videos. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic.
Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (Art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (video blogging or vlog), music (MP4 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.
The modern blog evolved from the online diary, where people would keep a running account of their personal lives.
Here are a few common “blog-related” words to help you out:
- Aggregator – In Internet technology, it is software or a hosted application that collects feeds from various sources and displays it in a single consolidated view
- Blogger – Person who runs a blog. Also blogger.com, a popular blog hosting web site.
- Blogroll – A list of other blogs that a blogger might recommend by providing links to them (usually in a sidebar list).
- Blogosphere – All blogs, or the blogging community. Also called blogistan or, more rarely, blogspace.
- Collaborative blog – A blog (usually focused on a single issue or political stripe) on which multiple users enjoy posting permission. Also known as a group blog.
- Permalink – Permalink stands for permanent link, which is a URL (uniform resource locator) that leads to an individual post that you make in your blog.
- Pinging – Blogging seems to be paired with pinging almost every time either one is mentioned nowadays. Pinging is actually the action where a certain aggregator is notified whenever your blog is updated, so that the aggregator may show the newest post of your blog on their website. This is a useful way of gaining traffic.
- Post – An entry written and published to a blog.
- RSS feed – The file containing a blog’s latest posts. It is read by an RSS aggregator/reader and shows at once when a blog has been updated. It may contain only the title of the post, the title plus the first few lines of a post, or the entire post.
- Trackback – When you post about someone’s blog post elsewhere, your post will show up in their “trackback” section. This feature, however, is not available with a Blogger.com account.
For a much more comprehensive list of blogging terminology, head on over to WPBeginner: WordPress Glossary Terms for Beginners