Blogging: “posticles” or “artiposts?”

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Blogging: are we writing “posticles” or “artiposts?”

We all know that blogging has come a long way since some bright kiddie put his or her diary secrets down in an online format and called it a web log. Most “blogposts” these days aren’t so much post-like jottings as they are full-blown online articles.

But as we all know, articles (and “article marketing”) on the internet have acquired a less-than-savory reputation, especially now that you can buy software to spin 879 different versions of one article to bamboozle Google at a click and a payment of a few dollars.

Vote for your preferred new word

Here’s where I need your help: we can jump in one of two directions here in creating a new word to describe what, essentially, is a new animal and which should have been awarded its own name ages ago. But what to choose?

Posticle ?

Artipost ?

Which do you prefer?  Please let me know in a comment and I’ll go with the majority view. And while we’re about it…

A recap on blogging terminology so far

WEBLOG – an online journal

BLOG – frankly, a rather silly contraction of weblog, in the same way as “Captain Slog” became a double-cult figure in Star Trek (they’re both LOGS, for Heaven’s sake..)

BLOG – also erroneously used to describe a blog post

BLOGGER – someone who has a blog, and/or writes blog posts for their own or other people’s blogs

POST – or blog post, a short piece of up to about 1000 words that the blogger writes and posts on his/her own or someone else’s blog

GUEST POST – a post on your blog written by someone else, i.e. an easy way to fill your blog up without writing stuff yourself; the trade-off usually involves some linkage to the guest poster’s own business or other interests

ARTICLE – what most bloggers actually write, but is (erroneously IMHO) called a post

COMMENT – a short piece a reader of the blog writes, hopefully furthering the thoughts and discussion set up by the original post, and/or guiding readers towards further reading and information that’s relevant and embellishes the commentator’s viewpoints. Alternatively, a short piece written by a reader that makes an utter mockery of the original post and contains more rude thoughts than a trucker’s underpants. The latter form often – but not always – fails to get past the blog’s moderator.

MODERATOR – (of comments on a blog) usually the blog owner who tries desperately to ensure that the comments are vaguely relevant and do not frighten the horses

THREAD – the subject matter of a blog post and the ensuing comments, or at least so the blog owner hopes …

O.P. – original post, to which blog owners often pointedly refer when the comments depart so far from the original subject matter (“thread”) that the whole thing becomes a glorious free-for-all

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Some more new terms and why they’re needed

FOR WEBLOG/BLOG

…especially now that many former static websites are being shifting over to blog-type platforms like WordPress: we need something more romantic and all-encompassing, e.g.

WebStation

Blogsite

Netsite

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Be careful not to sound like a logger
with a bad cold…

…come on, do you really want your title to sound like that of a lumberjack with a bad cold? How about:

Artiposter

Posticler

Bloggenator

Blauthor

FOR ASININE COMMENTS

…judging by the way some blog comments are utter drivel and often are just an excuse for the commenter to get a bit of advertising across, how about:

Blogettes

Bloggies

Boggles

Boggoffs

FOR SERIOUS, VALUABLE COMMENTS

…which are well written, highly relevant and in fact are short posticles/artiposts in themselves:

Blogments

Postiments

Blognotes

Blogotations

Memoposts

That’s just for starters. I’m sure we can come up with many more and start our very own blogger’s jargon emporium … should I start work on “The Blogging Dictionary” now?

I can’t wait to see your comments! Sz

Comments

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  1. Interesting Suze, never thought of a blogger being like a logger – I need a new name now. Digital Diarist?

  2. Digital Diarist is good. I like that.

  3. If you call it an Artipost then I think of art first so I guess I’ll vote for posticle. Is that anything like a popsicle – cold on a hot day, frozen “freshie” on a stick?

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