Let’s be clear: I’m writing a blog post, not blog a blog.
For many, using the word Blog when you mean blog post is an understandable error. Most of those who are successful are new to blogging or not fluent in the language of the web. But over the past few months, it has become clear to me that the tendency to make this mistake has infected even some of the internet’s most savvy web dwellers. And it has to stop.
I hit my breaking point a few weeks ago with – who else? – Amanda Palmer. Of all the irritating things in his blog post on “A Poem for Dzhokhar”, the most irritating was the title: “A Blog on“ A Poem for Dzhokhar ”. Palmer, of course, hadn’t created an entire blog on his poem “A Poem for Dzhokhar”. (Even she isn’t involved enough to do it.) Instead, she wrote a 2,000 word blog. Publish on the poem.
But it’s not just the often boring people who get it wrong this way. Even the late Roger Ebert, a terrific writer and one of the most popular bloggers on the web, used to make this misstep all the time.
Sometimes I started to wonder if he was kidding.
The problem goes to the top. Arianna Huffington, founder of megablog the Huffington Post, is known to feature new blog posts under the name of “my last blog”.
The reasons for avoiding this linguistic blunder are quite simple. The first, and perhaps the most obvious, is that it can be confusing. No matter which dictionary you consult (online, Urban or otherwise), you will not find any definition of Blog that means blog post. Saying that one means the other is like saying magazine when you mean item. Eventually, the listener or reader can understand your drift, but only after it has been looped.
Second, it can undermine anything serious you have to say. Word Blog is, even after all these years, a little funny, and it gets magnified many times over when you use it incorrectly. You don’t want to undermine your own writing by calling your brilliant article a “blog.”
And it’s not like there isn’t an abundance of other better options. In addition to blog post, There are blog entry, or more and more interchangeable item (only recommended if you think the message is important enough to justify such a description). A really substantial post might also be called a room-or, if it has a narrative dimension, a story. If you like brevity, you can avoid the “blog” altogether by using the term just as concise and more correct. Publish.
The # 1 reason for making this change — and I’m not going to overdo it — is to call a message one Blog makes you look stupid. It may sound harsh, but I’m doing you a favor. Every time you make this mistake it seems like you are misunderstanding this new thing, the World Wide Web. Even if you think that anyone who might be judging you is only superficial, that won’t stop them from judging you.
To sum up: it is a blog post or one Publish or one blog entry. It is also a room And one item. But it’s not a Blog.
Believe me. I am a blogger. I blog blogs all the time.