Is there a better way to start the “Making Blogging Simple” series, than a blogging dictionary?
If you are one of the newbies in the Blogging world (like I used to be), or you’re thinking to join the Blogging “tribe”, I don’t want you to get scared with all these definitions. I can feel you because I used to be in your shoes, and I was quite terrified. Though after a few days, digging through the blogging world, I realized that it’s very easy, and I had to do one step at a time!
That’s why I thought to start this series, with the definitions of Blogging (the simple ones) so we can have them all in a post, in case you want to search for something (and not spend whole days and nights on google). Also, when I was in high school, I totally hated the definitions with all those “elegant” words you had to use to say something simple. So my definitions in this dictionary will be SIMPLE! The Simplest to be more specific!
Note: We are going to talk about all of these, through “Making Blogging Simple“, piece by piece, so please, I don’t want you to think “when am I going to learn all these?”, or stress if you don’t understand something. This Blogging dictionary is here to help you see what the whole Blogging thing is about!
So let’s begin!
- Blog: A website that contains posts in which the readers can comment. The posts are sorted by time and date from the most recent to the oldest.
- Blogger: The person who writes posts for a blog.
- Blogging: The act of writing on a blog.
- Category: The categories help us organize the posts that have a different content. For example, a post about an Apple Pie might belong to “Food” or “Recipes” category. (You can define your own categories)
- Collaborate: Collaboration between two or more bloggers usually happens to increase the traffic and the readers, in between the blogs.
- Comments: The answers and the opinion of the readers in a post. A useful way for the blogger to engage with his readers.
- Dashboard: This area is to control your blog. Your Control Panel. From there you can post and edit all the blog posts, you answer and approve the comments, you control the links to your blog, you can see who is following your blog, and many other things.
- Domain: The address of a website. The unique line of letters, numbers, and symbols next to the well known “www”. Like your phone number that is unique and belongs only to you, the domains belong to one unique website. (We will talk about it more on some of the upcoming posts)
- Engage: Engagement on blogging is the ability to hold the attention of your reader and urge them to act (usually the act is to comment on some post).
- Favicon: A Favicon is usually a small symbol almost like the logo, and it appears in the bookmarks, or in the tabs of your browser, next to your Website’s name.
- Hashtag: The Hashtags are something like tags but in a social media post. For example, on Twitter, and on Instagram you can find pictures and posts from other users, through a hashtag.
- Logo: The logo is a symbol or a small drawing that identifies a product. In our case, the identity of our blog.
- Niche: Something like the main theme of your blog. What is it about and which people you’re “targeting”. For example, a blog that most of the posts are about fashion, its niche is Fashion and targets readers that are interested in that. (We will talk about it too, in upcoming posts)
- Page: A page in a Blog that is not a post. For example, this is a Contact Page, and this is an About Page.
- Platform: The software (something like a program) that helps you create and use a Blog.
- Post: An article on a Blog.
- Reblog: Reblogging is to share a post from another blog, to your own or the opposite (your post to be reblogged). This way you won’t have to care about the privacy issues since with this button the post is somehow linked to the original.
- Sidebar: A column, where the blogger can add anything that is useful for the blog. For example, a search bar, or an advertisement, or a static text. Anything! The options are too many!
- Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and all the websites that you can share things (pictures, ideas, videos, links from other websites) with the whole world!
- Spam: Usually an unwanted advertisement either in a comment or in an e-mail.
- Subscriber: A person that subscribes to a blog, so he can get notified through emails for everything related to the blog. For example, every time a new post is published, the subscribers get an e-mail automatically.
- Tags: We use the tags to organize the posts of a blog that are similar to others in a specific category. (Note: The difference between Tags and Categories that Categories are more general, and Tags more specific)
- Theme: The theme of a blog is all about its appearance. The colors, the fonts, the structure. Generally the design of a blog.
- Traffic: Traffic is the number of the people that visit a website in some certain period of time.
- Viral: We use this word for pictures, videos or posts with a huge amount of views (And this usually happens through social media).
- Vlog: A blog that instead of posts, contains videos (these usually are on Youtube channels).
- Web Hosting: The web hosting is a service that allows you to publish your content on the internet. There are several companies that offer you all that you need for your website to be on the internet and run normally without crashes. Also, they offer you some space, on special computers called servers, that they keep and save your site and its contents.
- WordPress: The easiest and the most widespread platform to create a blog or a website.
This is what we will be talking in the upcoming “MBS” posts. But, I want you to remember one thing. When you practice on something, you understand it better than the theory. Even if I will be here to help you with any question you might have, you need to practice on your own. Trust me. Building a blog is easy (come on… even I did it), you will see that in the future posts.
I’m waiting for your ideas, your questions and if you want me to analyze something a bit more, comment bellow!
Let’s start our Blogging Journey!