When I started blogging, I used to get very confused with all the jargon associated with it. The blogging technology was changing rapidly in those days, with new features being rolled out every few months, and I just didn’t want to keep pace with it.
I now re-design entire blog templates as per my requirements, but you’ll be surprised to know that there was a time when my blog readers had to make a “group appeal” just to make me add the “follower” widget on this blog!
Here are a few blogging terms that had me stumped for a long time in my early blogging days.
Blogging Jargon that Every Newbie Blogger Must Know
Short for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. It is a security feature in blogs to help block automated spam comments. The commenter is given a verification image consisting of letters and numbers, and his comment is published only after he types in those letters and numbers correctly. I never liked the sound of this word – “Captcha” – so I never used it. I’m glad I didn’t. It not only keeps the spam away, but, also discourages genuine commenters from posting a comment. Especially on Blogger blogs.
I don’t know why I took so long to figure this one out. It is just a feature that lists all the blogs you follow, in your blog sidebar. When I started blogging, I had a link-list widget in the sidebar, through which I displayed a list of the blogs I used to read. Yupp, I manually added the name and link of each blog in the list.
A system in which URLs of all the posts that link to a specific blog post are displayed in/above the comments section of that post. Also, every time you link to a post from a “trackback enabled” blog, a notification is sent to that blog owner that you have mentioned their post. I’ve seen such trackback links on a lot of Wordpress blogs, so I now understand what the term means. But I haven’t seen this on a Blogger blog yet. And I have never received any notification when someone linked to one of my posts.
- Expandable Post Summaries.
This is when you configure your blog to show only a small excerpt of the post on the index/home page, with a “Continue reading” or “Read more” link, below the excerpt, that leads to the complete post. I took a while to understand what this meant, but when I did get a hang of it, I quite liked it. It gives the readers a quick view of several different posts without too much scroll. Plus it makes the home page look neat and organized.
Short for “Really Simple Syndication”. It is one of the simplest ways of following a blog—any blog, be it on Blogger or Wordpress or any other platform. You just subscribe to the blog’s “RSS feed” via email subscription or a feed aggregator app (like Feedly), and it automatically notifies you whenever that blog is updated. There are other ways of following blogs now – Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin’ – but, RSS still remains my personal favorite.
These are some of the terms from the blogging jargon that I found difficult to understand in my early blogging days. Of course, now there are a lot of helpful web resources on blogging for newbie bloggers.
Are there any such blogging terms that had you in a fix when you started blogging? Do you still get befuddled by any of the blogging jargon?
This is my tenth post for 2015 AprilAtoZ.
Link to the previous post: A to Z of Blogging: I - Inspiration.
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