Monday, January 15, 2007

Blogging Vocabulary 101

If you're new to blogging, here's your chance to get acquainted with a few key terms commonly used in blogging. Blogging vocabulary definitions can be found along with an extensive blog term list on Wikipedia, and learning the terms can be essential when reading blogs about successful blogging, or developing blogger-to-blogger relationships. These are some relatively new words, used exclusively in conjunction with blogging, and by not taking the time to understand their meaning - you could be losing out on some rather valuable advice from some of the best bloggers on the net. Here are just a few key blog terms.

Tweaks - Wikipedia Description: "Tweaking refers to fine-tuning or adjusting a complex system, usually an electronic device. Tweaks are any small modifications intended to improve a system."

Splog - A blog composed mainly of spam, or a spam blog, in which the writer provides little in the way of actual writing, skill, or independent thought. Usually the results of an unskilled blogger seeking to make money through spam advertising. Catch me if I define something incorrectly or if you think something important should be on the list. There will be much more blog vocabulary posts in the near future!

Ping - A communicating signal sent from one site to another, such as a blogger sending an update to a tracking site, such as Technorati, IceRocket, or Pingoat, and typically requiring the originating site to link to the pinged site. This can be done manually or automatically.

Link Love - When a blogger voluntarily places a link on their blog to another blog that they enjoy reading or find it helpful. Can be used in phrases such as "Share the link love".

Comment Spam - Similar to email spam, but rather than spambots sending spam emails, they repeatedly post comments with nothing but advertisements. This can be problematic for bloggers who ultimately must either continuously delete the spam, or ban spammers' addresses from commenting.

Photoblog - A consistantly updated blog containing mainly photos, but remaining true to blog form by posting the photos in chronological order.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the blogging vocabulary lesson. I didn't know a lot of these since I am new to blogging. Your articles are helping my blogging knowledge to grow.