A to Z of Blogging: J - Jargon

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

  • Captcha.
    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.

  • Blogroll.
    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.

  • Trackback.
    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.

  • RSS.
    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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Shilpa Garg said...

It took me a long time to understand these tech terms. A lot of the jargon is still greek and latin but I am better than before! :D Some consolation that is! :)

the little princess said...

You simplified most of the jargon for me Chicky! Trackback looks to be a nice feature...blogger doesn't seem to have it though.

Sanch LivingLife said...

It's a shame about blogger not having trackbacks. I also wish it had options like Comment Luv.

Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life

Shailaja Vishwanath said...

Yep, I am a self-taught geek when it comes to blogging terms and all of it in the past year and a half. Really fun when you get the hang of it :)

Michelle Wallace said...

Thank you for the jargon lesson!
We learn something new... everyday...

Vinay Leo R. said...

Never liked Captcha myself, but nowadays, Blogspot has a checkbox captcha, which is so much easier and better :) Wordpress doesn't have a Blogroll, but I do keep track on my dashboard :D And I definitely use the excerpt style :) So quite a few jargon covered!

Debbie D. said...

LOL Yes, I can relate. :) It's an even steeper learning curve if your site is self-hosted. I still am befuddled by the whole No Follow vs Do Follow link debate. Google apparently frowns upon Blog Rolls (I think they call it link exchanging or something), so I put mine on Pinterest and linked to that. I'm thinking of reinstating it, though. What's the harm, really?

Pooja Mahimkar said...

These jargons had me stumbed initially as well, although I am quite sure that I still don't fully understand some jargons and some features

Chicky said...

Seriously, Shilpa! RSS was the most scary for me. All these abbreviations just sound so much more complicated, don't they?

Chicky said...

Oh yes, princess! I like trackbacks. Wish blogger had that feature. Not ready to shell out money for it! :P

Chicky said...

Sanch, I recently did some research on getting CommentLuv in Blogger blogs. It is possible, but, by installing the Intense Debate comment form.

Chicky said...

Shailaja, you are a fast learner! I didn't even add the follower widget in one and a half year!

Chicky said...

We do indeed, Michelle! And you're most welcome!

Chicky said...

Oh right, Leo! I have checked some boxes lately, to comment on fellow AtoZers' posts. Now that you mention, I remember doing this on both wordpress and blogger blogs! Haahh! Guess blogger is finally upgrading itself! :D

Chicky said...

True, Debbie. Self hosted blogs are a LOT of work. And that debate about nofollow/dofollow... I've made it simple. Any website/blog I don't trust, I make it nofollow. Unless it's a sponsored post and they specifically want a dofollow.

Chicky said...

Pooja, I know. Blogging is not as simple as we thought it would be!

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