I briefly mentioned this in a previous post, but I have to be honest that it’s mildly alarming how many queries I receive that misuse the word “blog.” I’ve seen everything from “the webpostings on your Blogsite” to “your blogspot on your website.” People are personalizing, which is great, but… word people should not be misusing words.
Now, before I get accused of sarcasm for writing this post: this is not sarcasm. Some people need this info, and hopefully this will clear things up.
Let’s drill down a bit into the different words and usage. OED, eat your heart out:
The whole shebang: it’s a blog, singular. It’s not blogs or a blogger or a blogsite or a blogpsot. Just: blog. Or, if you want to get fancy, weblog, only no one really says that. Example: “I read your blog.”
An individual entry on the blog: a post. Example: “I loathed your post on rhetorical questions, but I’m submitting to you anyway.” (“Entry” is interchangeable with “post.” Thanks, Scott).
Multiple entries on the blog: posts. Example: “Thank you for your posts on The Hills, which were deeply philosophically illuminating.”
Proper usage of the word “blogs”: Blogs, plural, refers to different blogs at different sites. Example: “I like to procrastinate by reading as many publishing industry blogs as possible.”
Blog as a verb: Blogging as an overall activity is “to blog.” Example: I blog, you blog, we blog, they blog. (thanks to Charlie for suggestion this addition). However, to add something specific to your blog you can either use the past tense of “blog” or “post.” Example: “I posted an entry on blogging” or “I blogged about blogging today.” (thanks to Kate)
A person who blogs: A blogger. Example: “He is a wild and crazy blogger.”
And with that, I’ll conclude this webposting.