Much like sports or twitter, blogging has it own unique terms and lingo.
Being new to the scene, I was caught by surprise when Geekosystem announced its blogiversary (known in the blogging world as one's blog birthday). While being aware that blogging etiquette exists, as a newcomer I wasn't aware of bloggers' expectations. My advice to all new bloggers is avoid being a blogsnob (refusing to respond to blog comments from "non-friends") or a bluker (a blog reader not posting any comments, just lurking around quietly). It's also important to keep in mind when blog hopping (jumping from one blog to another) not to become a doppelblogger (plagiarizing the content from another blog). This type of behaviour will certainly lead to E-thugs commenting on your blog. E-thugs are best to avoid as they tend to type in ALL CAPITALS, THREATEN YOU AND SWEAR EXCESSIVELY. My postings are getting a bit excessive and if I don't slow down I'll be in danger of having blogorrhea (unusually high output of articles). If you're curious about more blogging terms click here to find out more
Pros and Cons
After reading all this I bet you're probably wondering whats so great about blogging? Well, I will tell you...
- Blogging is quick and easy
- It's interesting(everyone has a story to tell)
- A great way to get public feedback on a topic
- Freedom of speech (with personal blogs you can vent your feelings)
- blog sites can be developed with the help of simple procedures
- blogs for organizations can be a valuable marketing/PR tool.It allows organizations to develop a brand presence online
- easy to make online friends (blogger meet-ups)
- It's free
Although blogging is fun. Newbie blogger's should be aware of some of the disadvantages when it comes to blogging.
- blogs are easy to start, but hard to maintain
- Very time-consuming. As a result many blogs are often not updated, thus damaging rather than advancing the reputation of the organization
- Blogs are public and can be read by anyone who has access to the internet
- The need to have a computer may not be feasible for everyone
- Maintaining a successful blog requires skillful research, professional writing skills
- It takes time to build an online audience
- Bloggers must register their blog in blog search engines and use subtle PR to push traffic
- Blog content must be very unique to draw traffic
- May attract blog spammers who post random comments and promote commercial services
- Blogs attract E-thugs ( Electronic thugs) or web bullies like this guy below