Blogging, A Glossary
Part Three of Three
Shorthand for “weblog.” A website that contains regularly updated content (written material, sound, photos, video) that is usually created by a single person. Entries are date-stamped, presented in reverse-chronological order, and categorized for easy access to archives.
To publish a blog or to post an entry to a blog.
The virtual community of blogs. May be used in a macro-sense (all blogs) or a micro-sense (all blogs in a genre).
A list of external links, usually to other blogs, that usually appears on the blog homepage.
The software used to manage a blog.
Commentary appended to a blog post by a reader or by the blog author (usually in response to a reader).
Comment spam (noun)
Analogous to e-mail spam; advertising masquerading as a legitimate comment.
Contraction of “permanent link.” The URL (link) to an individual blog post, or in the case of blogs created with UserLand software, each individual paragraph in a post. Sometimes comments also have permalinks.
A blog that contains primarily photos for content.
Contraction of “iPod” and “broadcast” attributed to Adam Curry. An audio file posted on a blog for syndication with an RSS feed.
Any single entry published on a blog.
The act of publishing an entry on a blog.
Commonly known as an abbreviation for “Real Simple Syndication.” The technology that enables a blog author to make content available to blog subscribers. The technology also allows other websites to automatically reproduce all or part of a blog’s content. Newspaper websites have enabled RSS for non-blog news.
RSS Feed (noun)
The file that contains information about a blog’s latest postings; it is automatically updated when a new article is posted. Also called a feed.
RSS Reader (noun)
The software that a blog subscriber uses to display (read) an RSS feed. Also called a news aggregator or feed reader.
The communication between a blogs that allows one blog to know that its content has been referenced on another blog.
An entry on a blog that notes its content has been referenced on another blog.
A blog that contains primarily videos for content.
Part 1: Blogging Tools
Part 2:RSS Readers
Part 3: Blogging Glossary