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Comments on: A Blog is Not a Post, Dammit!

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By: Stephanie Booth

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:03:35 +0000

I'm not alone:

By: When people refer to blog posts as “blogs”, I want to hurt them. | Geik

Sun, 20 May 2012 23:32:16 +0000

[...] It’s a few years old (2007!) but it gets the point across. You should read it. Right now. [...]

By: Stéphane Deschamps

Fri, 23 Nov 2007 13:55:49 +0000

Definitions, shmefinitions :)

Look: every once in a while someone comes to me and says 'I read your blog'. I don't have a blog, I've got a web site.

For me 'blog' is a synonym for 'disposable in the long term'. So half my things are disposable, and in the short term to boot, but half of them I will re-read and want to write them 'out of actuality' (for lack of a better french-turned-to-english notion).

I tend to tell people it's not a blog but a website, and when a professional blogger like you says I've got a blog, I can't complain. After all, yes, it's also a blog, kind of.

Long-winded as I am today, I'd say it's a classical case of synecdoche-in-the-making. Look, do you say "this is my mobile phone number", or do you say "this is my mobile"?

Anyway. We'll see.

By: Ollie

Thu, 22 Nov 2007 23:24:07 +0000

Should we tell Tim that he made it wrong too?

By: Stephanie

Mon, 29 Oct 2007 17:46:59 +0000

This is not a semantic shift, for me, but a mistake. You don't call a magazine article a "magazine", so there is no reason to call a blog post a "blog".

A blog can be composed of sub-blogs, when the master blog is a collection/aggregation of individual author blogs. This changes nothing to the fact that the atomic unit composing blogs ("an entry") is a post.

By: Ellen Wallace

Mon, 29 Oct 2007 16:13:04 +0000

Semantic shifts happen because things move on. So what do we call the blogs on a blog, when there are several contributors? The Huffington Post is a blog - with blogs. Hmmm. GenevaLunch is a blog - with blogs. We can't label them posts: doesn't make sense. One person writes about wine, another about food, someone else about living a greener life in Geneva. What do we put on the menu when we need a catch-all label for them?

Blogs were once just blogs, and most still are, but the technology can be stretched further and when it gets stretched, so does the language.

By: alan p

Thu, 04 Oct 2007 20:37:19 +0000

Semantic Shift Happens :D

By: Is Commenting On Blogs Part of Your Marketing Plan? Are Your Doing It Wrong? | One By One Media

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 18:05:39 +0000

[...] Next it indicates that he “made a blog”.  This sounds like something that my 2 year old did in his pull-up diaper.  It’s also a perfect example of what Stephanie says is a bad error.  In the statement he talks about smoking.  The comment just lost its relevance.  I have no idea why this person would be talking about smoking on a blog about hiring bloggers.  [...]

By: X

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 22:29:28 +0000

"Blog", "Post": is it really so important? Just enter new content!

By: LewisC

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 16:47:47 +0000

Well excuse me for making a freaking typo. What an ass. You could have dropped me a note letting me know.

Have a nice life.