The previous post Are you ready to blog, was to enable you to convince yourself if you are ready to be blogging or to pursue something else. In this post we would look at a few blogger jargons that are used frequently by a blogger. These are a few very basic terms, I would follow this up with a lot more in the blog posts that follow. Bookmark this post or send to email
Post: A blog is a web log that is updated with entries every day (most often its three to four blogs a week). Every time you put an update on your blog by way of an article or a video, you create a post on that day and time. Posts are also sometimes called entries.
Comments: Blogs are often considered as conversations between the blogger and the site visitors, and it's the ability of your readers to leave comments on each post you make to your blog that creates the feel of a conversation. Comments are usually time-stamped and identified by the author’s name and perhaps a link to their Web site or blog. On some blogs, comments are threaded so that readers can comment on other comments, but on most blogs comments are simply displayed chronologically.
Comment Moderation: There are at times comments posted to your blog which can be spam or have abusive content or marketing etc., To avoid this the blog comments can be moderated before it is posted live on the internet.
Categories: Categories permit a blogger to subdivide content, putting posts about politics into one basket and posts about celebrities in another. Categorization helps readers read only what they are most interested in and is a good tool for those scanning a blog's archives.
Links: Links(Hyperlinks) are created to link specific words or sentences to other posts or websites or pages, etc., This helps create a network of articles.
Permalink: A URL (Uniform Source Locator) that points to a specific blog or forum entry after it has passed from the front page to the archives. Most modern weblogging and content-syndication software systems support such links. Other types of websites use permanent links, but the term permalink is most common within the blogosphere.
Blogosphere: A collective term encompassing all blogs and their interconnections on the internet. It is a common perception that blogs exist together as a connected community(or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social network.
Trackbacks: Trackback technology helps bloggers linking to posts on related subjects and bloggers. Whenever a blog is posted somewhere and you are using that information on your blog, the usual norm is to adhere to ethics and link that post or the blogger on your blog.
Ping (Pinging): There are several blogging tracking Web sites where you can search for other blogs and look for recent posts. If your blog software allows you to ping those sites when you post, that post gets included in the ping site's index, potentially increasing your traffic.
RSS/Atom feeds: In the blogosphere, syndication is a big deal. With millions of blogs to read, many consumers use news aggregators, or readers, to pull in posts and read them, rather than visiting 150 blogs every day. RSS is Real Simple Syndication and Atom are two ways of blog syndication.
Blogroll: A list of the blogs read by the blogger whose site you are on. Sometimes lists are also kept to recommend books and other media, as well. It is also called as bloglist
Post scheduling: Some blog software allows you to write posts and schedule them to be published at some point in the future. This is handy for vacations and holidays.
URL Submission: There are search engines used by people to search for information on the internet. They use specific key words to search for information. At times to enable readers to see your blog on searches conducted, we would have to submit our URLs to search engines.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization): Optimizing your visibility on the search page keeping in mind the key words used by people searching for information on the net is an ongoing process. You have to have tools like google webmasters, google analytics, mybloglog, etc., to keep tracking the key words used by the searchers and improve your website's visibilty.
Key words: The words used by searchers on search engines which are the key to a blog or a website featuring on search results
There are a lot more words that are used by bloggers, these are the very basic which would help you for the next few posts. We would look at other words on the posts to follow. Please feel free to drop comments to know about any blog jargon you are having trouble understanding.