Welcome to "The Yorkshire Pudding Guide to Blogging", available in all good book shops for only £9.99. Today we will be looking at some technical blogging terms in order to avoid possible future embarrassment during late night conversations about the blogging business.
If you are sitting comfortably, then I shall begin.
Let us first look at the term "blog". It is an abbreviation of an earlier term, namely "weblog". Twenty years ago, during the infancy of the internet, a few intrepid users began to create online diaries or "logs". Through the passage of time these "weblogs" often transmogrified into something more interesting than dull diaries of daily happenings and in May 1999 the term "blog" was first coined.
It is an umbrella term for a collection of blogposts that are commonly composed on a regular if not daily basis. Usually a "blog" has just one author. For example "Hiawatha House" is a collection of regular blogposts composed by a charming fellow called Red who resides in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada with his wife - Micro Manager".
But now I can hear you asking - What is a "blogpost"? Okay, I will try to help.
A "blogpost" is a particular entry within a blog. It is normally dated. For example the blogpost you are presently reading is dated October 24th 2016 which is, incidentally, my thirty fifth wedding anniversary.
The important thing is not to confuse the terms "blog" and "blogpost". This is a common mistake. For example, Paul Hudson the lead weather presenter on the BBC Look North early evening local news programme will often announce that he has "made a new blog today". Of course he never has made a new blog - he has in fact "made" or posted a new blogpost. Silly fellow!
So that's it for today folks. Please remember that "blog" and "blogpost" have distinct and different meanings - just like chalk and cheese or Trump and Clinton. In the next chapter of "The Yorkshire Pudding Guide to Blogging" we will be delving even deeper into the forest of technical jargon that surrounds blogging, including "Compose", "Preview" and "Sign Out". I bet you cannot wait.