Dec 9, 2008
For the last time, because it’s amazing how many people get it wrong, even those who should know better…
|What it is||What to call it||What not to call it, because it’s wrong and you’ll just look silly|
|A collection of articles or pieces of writing, about any topic, by one or more authors, presented in reverse-chronological order and with date-based archives on the web||A blog or weblog||A blogsite|
|A single article or piece of writing contained within a blog (see above)||A post, blogpost or blog post or entry||A blog|
|A person who writes and publishes articles to the internet via the medium of a blog||A blogger or author|
|A person who leaves comments responding to a blogpost which someone else has published on a blog||A commenter or contributor or user (or, if they don’t say anything but you know they’re there, reader)||A blogger|
Got it? Good.
I’m sorry to suddenly become the nomenclature-nazi, but when people interchange words like those above it just gets confusing. Saying “I’ve just finished a giant blog” or “I’m writing a blog about cheese” confuses the container object for the constituent part. A blog carries with it expectations or overtones of archive, pace, time, multiple postings. Blogs don’t finish. If you’re writing a blog about cheese then I expect to see lots of posts about cheese, exploring dairy products from all angles, not one entry, about Edam.
Likewise, people occasionally say “there are a lot of nice bloggers on my blog” which is nice and everything, but they have a different relationship than you to the content. You wrote it; they responded to what you wrote. You are the blogger; they are the commenter.
It’s a small distinction, but it’s important.
That is all.