Guest Post: Karenne Sylvester on Blogging

Blogging terms and phrases1

All the words and phrases every newbie Edu-Blogger should know about: words derived from and related to the word blog.

By the way, I didn't make up 95% of these :-).

Blog n.
A regularly updated website which provides information, personal opinions and news in the form of a diary (the word blog is short for web-log).

Designed to be interactive and community driven, popular sites include comments and prompt for their readers to share their own experiences and knowledge. Generally displays articles in order of latest posting first.

The dynamic nature of blogging software has meant that they have been used in a variety of forms: to store reflective personal stories and essays; lists of useful links; share experiences using a variety of media with friends, families and the global community at large; to report on events; to market new books, services or products. Blogs have also been used as electronic portfolios, alternatives to paper-based resumes/CVs.

Blog directory
A list of blogs organized by genre and stored on the internet for easy referral by others in the same niche. A popular directory for edu-bloggers is the International Edubloggers Directory

Blogger n.
A person who blogs. Sub categories include: Edu-Blogger, Mommy-Blogger, Food-Blogger, Photo-blogger, Tech-blogger, Lingua-blogger; Moblogger (blogs via mobile phone) and Vlogger (video-blogger).

One of the easiest and most flexible platforms to use, this popular google-owned website with ending urls of (although one can also self-host) is available via Free.

Blog post

Each individual article that is written and published. Also known as postings.

Someone who has become seriously addicted to writing his thoughts, experiences and sharing information with the community he talks to and is, eventually, unable to anything else until she's had her fix.

A person who earns enough money from his blog to make it his profession. Also known as a pro-blogger. Differs from Blogian, a person who identifies himself as being a citizen of the blogosphere.

Blog awards
Awards and ceremonies celebrating the blogger. Most respected include the Bloggies and in Edublogging circles, popular ones include's language teaching sets and the Eddies.

Criticized recently as being more beneficial to the sites sponsoring prizes than the hundreds of bloggers who promote them by hosting their badges and links on their pages.

As a result of the rampant blegging in the 'sphere they can have also been seen as a competition of a blogger's personal popularity rather than a clear representative of the, somewhat illusive concept of, content quality!

Blog buzz
The happiness one gets from having one's blog read and commented on. Also known as the Blog high. Blogaholics often refer to needing their blog fix.

Blog candy

A post that requires little work on the part of the blogger but is something she knows her audience will love reading. Alternatively it can be a posting which does take an effort to write but is on a popular topic - i.e. on Twitter and is therefore guaranteed to receive a large number of visitors.

Blog carnival
An invitation is sent out to other bloggers asking them to contribute with their own urls of previous blog postings, written on a specific topic or theme. These are then organized and collectively hosted by one blogger.

Many carnivals have one regular host or are distributed amongst popular blogs within a specific niche. Generally they tend to draw many new visitors as, usually, only quality articles are featured from right across the blogosphere.

Due to the increase in hits on a page they tend to show up well in searches on specific niche keywords - therefore they are an important feature in marketing new posts, serving to highlight both new and old bloggers.

Blog curners
New bloggers after writing three or four posts suddenly realize that the physical act of blogging takes up a lot of time, head space and energy and seek out unoriginal ways to cut corners and make the process easier on themselves.

Examples include asking for guest-posts from random more famous individuals and/or bloggers and blegging for interviews (i.e send out a list of 5 questions, get back 3 pages of text to post up from others = email, receive, click to copy, paste, post = easy shortcut).

Frowned on by those who've been blogging for any serious amount of time.

n.b. This is not the same as group blogging/ guest-post-series blogging or community bloggers, however, whose specific vision is to create a series of articles exploring a common, long-running, theme and posts are often made up of many different global voices.

Blog dumper
A blogger who visits another blog with the sole intention of leaving his url within the comments. Will usually not read the original post nor contribute to the conversation but will leave a short nonsensical remark such as "great blog."

When done by those with blogs of the same niche he will sometimes, quite unnecessarily, leave behind his url in the comment and sometimes may even request that the blogger he has visited for the very first time should now come (along with his readers) to visit his own newer blog, bleg that the blogger thoroughly read his own posts and comment there. Also referred to as blog whoring.

The disease: narcissism attached to suddenly having one's words read by thousands of strangers. Dangerous and should be kept in check to keep from spreading as, like in life, no one likes someone who crows too often about how many hits a blog gets, how many visitors it receives daily nor how many articles one has written and published throughout the years. Also known as blogoasting.

A blogger who does not read other blogs because she doesn't have the time but repetitively sends out calls, links, tweets to get her own blog read.

A star blogger who has let the blog-buzz go to his head but is still loved.

Blog fodder
Something that a blogger reads, sees or experiences in normal life or the classroom and immediately has a blog buzz upon realizing that she has stumbled on something really quite blogable.

Comes from muskateer and refers to a blogger who is on a mission to change or fix the world, via their blog.

Bloggy adj
An insult. Poorly written and edited text, publishable on a personal blog but not suitable in a paper magazine or newspaper.


Citizen of the blogosphere.

The non-standardized but "really, everyone senses them" rules of behavior across the blogosphere. Includes things like saying thank you, acknowledging or commenting when your own blog has been listed on another person's blog (if you've been notified); and very importantly not referring to another blogger or their work without linking back to them; not blogoasting, blog-jacking, blog-zumping or ever being a blog pirate.

Blog jacker
A person who frequently visits a blogger's site with the sole intention of trying to upstage or out-do the original post through his comments. Generally not done by someone who has his own blog for fear of this occurring to herself.

Blogger loyalty
Bloggers that link out, usually to a specific subset within a niche or to friends, regularly and differs greatly from link farming. Quality content is served up to other bloggers and readers.

This practice was once done prolifically in the 'sphere, in order to help each others sites grow and become stronger, moving forward as a community rather than as individuals. Often an older blogger will set out to help a newbie enter the 'sphere properly and then once that person has become an experienced blogger himself it is good blogiquette to then pass on down the lessons he's learned.

However, as the general blogosphere grew and grew and new blogs were created everyday (70 million and rising) in every single genre, many bloggers have now become much more competitive and tend not to help each other out as much.

Blog meme
A blogger comes up with an unusual idea or a fun-tell-me-about-you type of post and then nominates other bloggers to do a similar post on this specific topic. The bloggers are required to link back to the original blogger who nominated them, in order that their own readers may go both forwardwards and backwards through a chain of blogs in the blogosphere.

Sometimes blog memes take on the appearance of link-baiting, however for the most part they are good fun to do, help a niched blogging community to learn more about each other/ other bloggers' work, to communicate and forge stronger alliances.

An unusually high output of articles, one after the other, when a blogger has nothing else to do.

Often just random babble (blogabble) but sometimes long lists of quality links - the trouble is that most people cannot keep up with those who have constant blogorrhrea and may abandon reading altogether.

All blogs within the wider blogging community. Sometimes refered to as the blogspace, blogville and blogistan but never The Blogverse (but ~Twitterverse). A democratic community, level-playing-field where any educator can converse with any other, no matter the level of experience, training and be heard and respected.

A semi utopian land of words, ideas and thoughts. A place where the experienced can communicate with his/her fans and share their years of experience and knowledge, initiate conversation and get feedback on newer, less-well-thought-out ideas.

Sub niches generally put their genre in front of the word i.e. Edu-Blogosphere and ELT-Blogosphere (English Language Teaching Blogosphere).

Blog pirate

A blogger who copies the original idea of another blogger (often outside of his own niche thinking he will not get caught) when they've run out of things to say themselves but does not correctly acknowledge the original post by referring or linking to it. Also refers to those who read a post on another person's blog and instead of commenting there, expand the conversation on their own blog - therefore pirating the story. See also blog-zumper.

Blog roll
Meant to serve as a list of blogs which each individual blogger personally recommends to his/her own readers. Can be abused and done only to earn reciprocal linking (for SEO purposes) and when this occurs, the service of listing further sites on to one's readers is completely lost.

Blog burglar
Also known as blogarism. In violation of both copyright and copyleft, a blogger who takes content from another blogger's site and places up entire posts on another blog. Usually done as a short-cut to actually blogging. Also usually done to earn revenue from Google.

Sometimes done innocently by new bloggers who think that by cutting and pasting whole posts (without permission) that they are notifying their readers on a specific subject however it is a violation of copyright. **note that if this happens to you as a blogger you can report the site in question by clicking at the bottom of their google ads and reporting the infraction.

See makeuseof which lists 5 plagarism checkers you can use to protect your site.

Like the blog pirate, someone who takes a concept series away from another blogger. In this case however, he raids an original idea before it is entirely thought through/ the series is completed and markets it prolifically, in order to make it look as if he/she came up with the concept, thus forcing the original writer to abandon his/her theme.

Derived from the concept of gazumping, albeit merely 'intellectual' property.

Usually written by a team of professional paid bloggers. Contains longer, well-researched articles of quality content.

Did you know all these words? Which one do you think I made up myself? :) Which ones were your favourites?

Did I miss any that you've heard too or have you got your own to add? If so- do please share!

And by the way, more terms and expressions used in the practice of edu-blogging, of an ever so slightly more serious nature, can also be found on Mike Harrison's Blog.

Image credit
Mike Licht of on Flickr: Blogging on the Dunes, based on 19th C poster


(c) KarenneJoySylvester, 2010

This article is part of a new series: Thoughts on Edublogging. Karenne is an ELT edu-blogger, a ESP:IT teacher, EdTech teacher-trainer and materials writer, originally from Grenada in the Caribbean. She currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany and writes Kalinago English and BusinessEnglish~5mins.

Karenne was one of the first people I met after I joined Twitter who helped me to make sense of it all and she was also one of the people who inspired me to start off this blog, so I'm really honoured to feature her article as my first guest post on here.

If you aren't already subscribing to
her blog and following her on Twitter you should be because you are missing out, so off you go now to check her out... :-)

More Articles in the Thoughts on Edu-blogging series by Karenne Sylvester:

Mike Harrison's Blog: Blogging Terms and Phrases (part 2)

Turklish TEFL: The Dogma of Blogging

Teacher Reboot Camp: The Best Kept Secrets of Highly Successful Edu-Bloggers, Part 1

Janet's Abruzzo Edublog: The Best Kept Secrets of Highly Successful Edu-Bloggers, Part 2


monika hardy said...


Karenne was one of my first mentors as well. she is a true leader in ed today. one who diligently seeks out truth and best practice in learning how to learn. and then gracefully and eloquently shares it back out.

you multi-linguals - i can hardly keep up with world languages, let alone best practice languages.

Barbara Sakamoto said...

Thanks for all the vocabulary! So many things I still don't know.

You've inspired a lot of us to start blogging, Karenne. Even more importantly, you've encouraged us to push ourselves to blog better :-)

Now, I'll have to figure out how to drop some of these blogging gems into casual conversation...

Janet Bianchini said...

Thanks Karenne. A brilliant post as usual and one which has taught me lots of new terms, I had not met before.

J x

Eva Büyüksimkesyan said...

Thanks Karenne for these useful words.
I haven't even known most of them exist. A lesson with all these words will be great, I think.
As Monica and Barbara have already said you are one of the first mentors and inspirers to most of us sothere must be a word for you too. what should we call a person who encourage the new comers, help and guide them to find their ways in blogosphere?

Marisa said...

Thanks, Karenne, for organizing this glossary! It'd be interesting to introduce the topic "blogging" to my students, who despite my insistence still find it hard to feel motivated to blog.
Marisa (@MTranslator)

karenne sylvester said...

Hey girls and guy,

Thanks so much for all your kind words :-), it's been a pleasure!

Eva, what about about a blentor? LOL! someone will have to enter that into the urban dictionary!

Marisa, there is a post a-coming on blogging with students!


annehodg said...

Fun stuff :-) "bloggable" would be my favorite neo-blog word of yours. Strange how what might be babble indeed becomes blog-able, and then moves on to be part of a conversation. The blogosphere is home to many of us who think by writing and rewriting. said...

Thanks once again Karenne, for this excellent list of blogging terms!

Lots of words that I didn't know myself, & I've been round the digital block more times than I care to remember... :-)


Leahn said...

Hi Karenne,

Very informative. Is there such a thing as Blogstipation? I think I may have it.


Karenne Sylvester said...

Oh, most definitely Leahn... that was one of the words I left out :)


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