Are you puzzled by some of the strange blogging terms found throughout the blogosphere? Then this glossary brought to you by Wikipedia should help you out.
Autocasting : Automated form of podcasting that allows bloggers and blog readers to generate audio versions of text blogs from RSS feeds.
Audioblog : A blog where the posts consist mainly of voice recordings sent by mobile phone, sometimes with some short text message added for metadata purposes. (cf. podcasting)
Biblioblogosphere : A humorous reference to the world of librarian blogging.
Blaudience : The audience, or readership, of a blog.
Blawg: A blog focusing on commentary about the law, generally written by a law professor, law student, or lawyer. A portmanteau of "blog" and "law."
Bleg : A blog entry consisting of a request to the readers, such as for information or contributions. A portmanteau of "blog" and "beg". Also called "Lazyweb."
Blog Carnival : A blog article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.
Blistless or B-listless : When a blogger becomes listless or apathetic about posting. It is also indicative of what will happen to the blogger's mailing list.
Blog client: (weblog client) is software to manage (post, edit) blogs from operating system with no need to launch a web browser. A typical blog client has an editor, a spell-checker and a few more options that simplify content creation and editing.
Blogger : Person who runs a blog. Also blogger.com, a popular blog hosting web site. Rarely: weblogger.
Bloggies : One of the most popular blog awards.
Blog Farm : A website constructed from a group of linked weblogs, typically with the main blog aggregating the total content/acting as a gateway.
Blog feed : The XML-based file in which the blog hosting software places a machine-readable version of the blog so that it may be "syndicated" for further distribution on the web. Formats such as RSS and Atom are used to structure the XML file.
Blog hopping : to follow links from one blog entry to another, with related side-trips to various articles, sites, discussion forums, and more.
Bloglet : A short blog entry or a series of random thoughts in a single blog entry. A style of blogging made popular by the 1 Happy St. blog.
Blogoneer : A portmanteau of "blog" and "pioneer", meaning a person who blogs with an expert or pioneering attitude.
Blogorrhea : A portmanteau of "blog" and "logorrhea", meaning excessive and/or incoherent talkativeness in a weblog.
Blogosphere : All blogs, or the blogging community. Also called blogistan or, more rarely, blogspace.
Blogroll : A list of blogs. A blogger features a list of his favorite blogs in the sidebar of his blog.
Blog site : The web location (URL) of a blog, which may be either a dedicated domain, a sub-domain, or embedded within a web site.
Blogsnob : A person who refuses to respond to comments on their blog from people outside their circle of friends.
Blogstorm : When a large amount of activity, information and opinion erupts around a particular subject or controversy in the blogosphere, it is sometimes called a blogstorm or blog swarm.
Blogstream : A play on the term mainstream that references the alternative news and information network growing up around weblogs and user driven content mechanisms. Can also be used as a play on the phrase "thought-stream", referring to the stream of consciousness as expressed through a weblog.
BlogThis : Pioneered by Blogger.com, BlogThis links on a blog allow the reader to automatically generate a blog entry based on the blog entry he/she is reading, and post to his/her blog.
Bloll : A troll who specialises in blogs. A portmanteau of "blog" and "troll."
Blooger : A blogger who exhibits adolescent tendencies and lacks basic social graces or good manners. A portmanteau of "blog" and "booger."
Boreblogging : Writing about personal matters that are barely interesting even to the writer -- preferably in a slightly bent fashion so as to make it fun to read in spite of the subject matter.
Catblogging : (traditionally "Friday catblogging") is the practice of posting pictures of cats, in typical cat postures and expressions, on a blog. Sometimes a comment on the cat or the situation shown is provided. Cats had been on web pages already, but "catblogging" as a distinct and defined practice originated on Calpundit by Kevin Drum. He also established Friday as the canonical catblogging day.
Categories : This is a method of organizing blog entries by assigning each entry to a predetermined topic. Each topic (category) will link to a list of entries, all with related content.
Celeblog : A blog detailing the lives of movie stars, musicians, and other celebrities, much like tabloid magazines. They often feature embarrassing or revealing paparazzi photos.
Comment spam : Like e-mail spam. Robot "spambots" flood a blog with advertising in the form of bogus comments. A serious problem that requires bloggers and blog platforms to have tools to exclude some users or ban some addresses in comments.
Flog: A portmanteau of "fake" and "blog". A blog that's ghostwritten by someone, such as in the marketing department.
Glog : A first-person recording of an activity, in which the person doing the recording is a participant in the activity.
GBCW: The "Good Bye Cruel World" diary is when a Kossack decides that Daily Kos has become too (fill in the blank) or isn't nearly (fill in the blank) enough for him or her to continue visiting the site. General chaos ensues in the Comments as other Kossacks agree, disagree, and wish the diarist good luck or good riddance.
Gulog: A portmanteau of "gulag" and "blog". Used when a blog is so dismal and depressing, it's as if it were written in a Soviet labour camp.
Kos Kid : A term for any one who posts, or reads regularly, the blog Daily Kos. Also known as "Kwazy Kos Kids" after the eccentric nature of some of the members.
Link Love : linking to a site or blog, usually unsolicited, that you like, enjoy, or find useful.
Milblog : Term for blogs written by members or veterans of any branch of service - Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines. A contraction of military and blog.
Moblog : A portmanteau of "mobile" and "blog". A blog featuring posts sent mainly by mobile phone, using SMS or MMS messages. They are often photoblogs.
Momosphere: Term to encompass blogs written by mothers. A portmanteau of "mom" and "blogosphere".
Multi-blog : Creating, maintaining, and running multiple blogs (2 or more) simultaneously.
Multi-blogger : An individual, business, or institution that runs multiple blogs.
Permalink : Permanent link. The unique URL of a single post. Use this when you want to link to a post somewhere.
Photoblog : A blog mostly containing photos, posted constantly and chronologically.
Ping : The alert in the TrackBack system that notifies the original poster of a blog post when someone else writes an entry concerning the original post.
Plog : Political blog - blog containing mainly politically-oriented material.
Podcasting : Contraction of "iPod" and "broadcasting" (but not for iPods only). Posting audio and video material on a blog and its RSS feed, for digital players.
RSS aggregator : Software or online service allowing a blogger to read an RSS feed, especially the latest posts on his favorite blogs. Also called a reader, or feedreader.
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.
Scribosphere : Term to encompass blogs written by professional and aspiring screenwriters. A portmanteau of "scribe" and "blogosphere".
Shocklog : Weblogs to produce shocking discussions by posting various shocking content.
Spam blog : A blog which is composed of spam. A Spam blog or "any blog whose creator doesn't add any written value."
Slashdotted : The Slashdot effect can hit blogs or other website, and is caused by a major website (usually Slashdot, but also Digg, Metafilter, Boing Boing, Instapundit and others) sending huge amounts of temporary traffic that often slow down the server.
Splog : A term used to refer to a 'spam blog', made popular in 2005 by Mark Cuban
Storyblog : A term used to describe blogs used primarily to publish written stories and poetry used for practice usually by aspiring writers.
TrackBack : A system that allows a blogger to see who has seen the original post and has written another entry concerning it. The system works by sending a 'ping' between the blogs, and therefore providing the alert.
Troll : A commenter whose sole purpose is to attack the views expressed on a blog and incite a flamewar, for example, a liberal going to a conservative blog, or vice versa. The word trolling means literally 'to fish', ie. when the troll fishes for a clashback from the blog writer and/or pro commenters. Many trolls will leave their remarks on multiple posts and continue to visit the blog, sparking spirited debate amongst the blog's regular readers. Trolls' verbosity can range from eloquent to crass, although most trolls probably fall into the latter category. Originally, trolling only meant the custom where someone was commenting just to get a flamewar going, by using exaggerated points of view not held by themselves.
Vlog : A video blog; a vlogger is a video blogger (e.g. someone who records himself interviewing people of a certain field).
Vorage : A marriage between the words forage and video defined as "The act of foraging for video on the internet and sharing it with others." Bloggers or vloggers who share streaming or downloaded video content on the web often engage in voraging, scouring search engines and obscure websites to present a curated collection of videos that usually fall within a set theme or editorial perspective.
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