Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Learning to Speak Blog

I did well in school, mostly B's. I got better at school the longer I was in. No I was never in one grade more than once. And I think I am a well informed adult. I read newspapers, the occasional magazine and I do listen to NPR. Obviously I know enough to start a blog and to occasionally post. 

I was at a gathering of authors talking about blogs yesterday and I was surprised how many words they used that I did not understand. And how often the definitions they provided included even more unknown terms. This morning I decided to look online for a glossary of blogging terms. I was certain my friends had been showing off and upping their vocabulary. A quick perusal of terms revealed that my friends had been simplifying compared to what I found online. Here are just a few terms I lifted from

  • Captcha - short for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. Those word and letter verification images you need to type in to show you are human and not a bot. 
  • Ping – Short for Packet Internet Grouper. Blog and ping helps to notify other blog tracking tools for updates, changes and trackbacks.
  • Trackback - A system by which a ping is sent to another blog to notify that their article has been mentioned by you
  • Pingback - See trackback.
  • Permalink - A link to a specific article
  • Tags - labelling / attaching keywords to collect similar posts
  • Tag cloud – Displaying tags lists or keywords in a blog.
  • Blogroll - list of links to other blogs in your sidebar. Also see
  • Sideblog - A smaller blog usually placed in the sidebar of a blog.
If there is good news it is how wonderful it is to learn new things. If there is bad news it is I am not sure I can keep up. 
The next step is to see if I can or maybe already have pinged, trackedback and tagged. Can I or have I already created a Tag Cloud, a Blog roll or a Sideblog. I have Captch-ed but I usually don't get it right on the first try.