The Blogictionary

Someone I know is working on a column on words bloggers use (besides right-wing and left-wing). He asks:

I’m looking for terms of art from the blogging world. How do bloggers refer to themselves, to the mainstream media, newspaper reporters etc.? I want to know the jargon of blogging. Just as newspapers have their own lingo, and TV networks have theirs, what’s the lingo of the blogosphere, the blargon?

Please leave any suggested words, with definitions, in the comments. Thanks.

  • hunter walk

    me-casting: the act (and maybe art) of telling your story to the world

  • ashok

    We have a lot of negative lingo: “comment spam” (which I excel in dishing out here), “stfu” (popular on quite a number of sites with Open Threads), “splogs,” “spam sites…”

    We also have terms that we lift straight from the technology: “ping” & “trackback” are the two I can think of.

    The lesson is clear: our terms reflect the technological nature and rapid fire pace of the endeavor. Your own blog uses a term all of us bloggers want to have: “buzz.” We want comment threads, “interactivity,” “two-way media,” etc. And we operate in real time.

    You know, I’m thinking about my own blog as I write this. It’s very different. It’s more a blog a writer has than me writing a blog. I wonder if it can be successful now that I see what the language of blogging says about blogging itself.

  • Milania

    RE: Woodruff Injured conversation.

    Soldiers seem to agree with Trump…

    Some US troops question Woodruff coverage

  • Edward Copeland

    The two words that immediately spring to mind are MSM for mainstream media and the “blogosphere.”

  • Louis

    Here is a decidedly brutal blossary:

  • Mark

    You beat me to it. :)

    On topic:
    Truth is, other than some of the technical terms already noted, many seem to be derogatory (“wingnut” for conservatives, “moonbat” for liberal). You do, however, have a few others:

    tag or tagging: 1. A way to classify a post about a certain subject by applying a label to it; 2. what one blogger does to another when they want them to post a similar topic. Usually used for “meme” posts.

    meme: A post about a blog’s author that is personal in nature, giving readers insight about the author.

    friday “insert topic here” blogging: On Fridays, many blogs try to lighten things up by having a post dedicated to a particualr topic. Friday pet blogging, Friday Random Ten, and Friday Kid Blogging are all examples.

    corporate media (aka “mainstream media” or “MSM”): Since traditional news sources are becoming less mainstream, some bloggers have began to refer to large networks and newspapers as “corporate media” in reference to their ownership, which has increasingly become a large corporate entity.

    troll: A person who leaves a comment with the sole intention of angering a post’s author or other commentors, instead of contributing to the conversation. Also used on message boards.

  • tony

    journalist: someone who gets paid to write about shit he doesnt know about.

  • TLB

    Perenially popular derogatory terms include “asshat” and “idiotarian”. Some bleeding-edge bloggers are starting to refer to themselves as “onjours”, short for “online journalists”. They will derisively refer to those who run personal blogs as “perbloggers”. Don’t say that word in “meatspace” however! Words like MSMAB (MSM + blogs) and “blogorific” (general term of approval) are growing in popularity and are considered quite “l33t”.

    A private note to the columnist: I’m available for consulation and to serve as an interpreter of blogdom for a low hourly rate.

  • KirkH

    He might want to look up the pro-am revolution essay. Maybe the terms journaler or blogalist could be worked in somehow.

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  • Teli Adlam

    Shameless plug ahead :)

    Blogossary – adding new terms everyday.

    Hopefully that can help generate some ideas for the blogictionary.

  • Drew

    Have “blogisms” been mentioned?

    Here are a few of my “blogisms”:

    You may disagree with other’s views, but do not propose to tell anyone what blogging is about. The web log is as unique to each one of us as we are different from each other.

    In libraries there are books on subjects we would never elect to read – in blogs we can rarely escape that we wish we hadn’t.

    Bloggers are no different than the authors who grace our library shelves… only their critics are closer and quicker to respond.

  • Jeff Jarvis

    Oh, yes, blawg for law blog.

    I suggested blogroll, off logroll, and all our funny conference names: bloggercon, vloggercon, blogher.

    I also have a fit with publications that insist for no good reason on (a) splitting weblog into two words and (b) capitalizing “web.” It’s weblog and blog, damnit.

    There’s “permanlink,” the unique name and address content must have in the future to be found.

  • John Dowdell

    “Blogifact”: A “blogging artifact”, a story which has realworld effects merely from being blogged, regardless of factual content. Like Paris Hilton, notorious simply for staying in the public eye.

  • Michael Zimmer

    Shouldn’t your response be something like “we don’t need our own jargon – we are the people’s medium, and use the people’s language”?

  • Ken Carroll

    For me, the best of all is the verb to ‘fisk’. I think started when Andrew Sullivan wrote that amazing de-construction of Robert Fisk. If you haven’t read it, go to Sullivan’s archives. It ws a piece of blog history in the making. I think the term has now emtered the mainstream.

  • ryan


    (both self explanatory)

  • JBK

    “Self-absorbed” would be a good one. Although no one will admit it out loud.

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  • Bruno

    There are some common phrases that blogs have appropriated, rather than invented.

    “Read the whole thing” is a pretty good one.

    “via” is also very common, as in “(via Jarvis)” It’s something we do so often we don’t always realize its uniqueness.

    I also think that bloggers have taken the words “Heh” and “Indeed” to new levels. One could write an entire blog that was made up of nothing but the words “heh,” “indeed,” and links to other sites. Oh wait, that blog already exists. :)

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  • Neil

    Blog fatigue: 1) Existential crisis that falls upon bloggers with an audience of regular readers when blogger decides he cannot be bothered blogging on the same subject that day, or that week, or that month, or possibly ever again. Mixes with feelings of guilt at letting down audience. Often sets in when real work or family intervene in blogging existence.
    2) The boredom that ensues from following the same themes in the same blogs for a period longer than three months. Usually cured by a period reading the newspapers.

    Hollering in the void: Blogging to an audience of precisely zero.

    “Insta-lure”: Blog post written with the express purpose of having Glenn Reynolds link to your blog, thus producing “Instalanche.”

    “Insta-F5”: Endless clicking of refresh button while logged on to to see if Reynolds has linked to your site.

    “Insta-lanche”: The sudden surge in readers from ten per day to ten thousand that follows a link in

    “Insta-greet”: Update to blog to welcome readers directed there from Instapundit.

    “Insta-overnights”: The small number of Instapundit-directed readers who hang around on your site after Insta-lanche.

  • Good Lt

    blogsplosion, blogburst – a burst of frequent blogging – 10 or more posts in a sitting.

    Donkocrat Party – the “donkeyed” nickname of the Democrat Party.

    Republican-lite – a libertarian.

    Freeper (not necessarily a blog term) – a member of the Free Republic web community.

    /sarc off, /sarc on – a tag to indicate when you are finished or when you are beginning a sarcastic passage.

    blogtastic, blogriffic – the general good feelings one recieves when smiling at a great post, or something that is well done on a particular blog.

    blogoversary – the anniversary, or other chronological occurance, in the life of a blog

    Donko-kos – a virulent strain of Democrat that advocates and subscribes to the tennants and whims of the Daily Kos blog and its leadership clan.

    Biscoblogging – blogging about the Disco Biscuits, a great jam band out of Philadelphia.

    Phishblogging – self explanatory. See previous definition.

    Nodrog – perhaps the most well known net troll at Little Green Footballs. Gordon spelled backwards.

  • ashok

    If I don’t know a lot of the terms people are putting forth here, but have been blogging for years, does that make me a bad blogger?

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  • Tish Grier


    citizen journalist
    grassroots journalist
    witness contributor
    contrubuting writer
    web journo

    They’re all the same thing, only different–semantically, and only at certain times.

    one of my all-time favorites: link whoring. In the 2f2 world, that’s usually referred to as “networking.” Strange how it all becomes so negative when it’s virtual.

  • Jeff

    bleg: begging for info or something more on your blog

    “the indispensable”: someone you like

    indeed: too rarely an ironic agreement, otherwise thumbsucking agreement

    heh: mild amusement now with an overtone of . . . you know.

    hat tip or HT or h/t: acknowledgement of link source

    “you can read more about it at”: intro to shameless plug for own blog by someone who doesn’t trust us to just click the dang link

  • Neil

    unfriend – to remove people from your friends list.

    lockdown – series of posts published for “friends only”, often following an invasion of trolls (ibid) in comments section. Can lead to permanent lockdown, when a journal becomes friends only for good.

  • Angel

    I thought a meme was one of those threads that keeps passing from blogger to blogger on some topic. True, usually personal, but the key is that it passes on, like a chain letter. Although I think memes are more fun than any chain letter I ever saw. I see some very good definitions, and some very fun ones as well. Will this be a multivolume dictionary? Or a big, big online resource? Best.

  • Bob Balfe

    The Dooce lady comes up with some good ones.

  • Danny Glover

    I coined the term “blawgmaker” in a column last August ( to describe lawmakers who blog.

  • Chris

    As a TV Photog Blogger I have seen the phrase ‘Photograblogger’, ‘Photograblogosphere’ and other derivatives of those.

    BlogFather, BlogUncle for people we look up to as getting us into blogging or being big bloggers in the community.

  • Mark

    I also have a fit with publications that insist for no good reason on (a) splitting weblog into two words and (b) capitalizing “web.” It’s weblog and blog, damnit.

    For the record, the 2004 AP Style book states:

    blog: Internet jargon; if used, explain that it means Web log or Web journal.

    I imagine that, as they continue to gain popularity, that will change.

  • Neil

    Chickenhawk – non-military enthusiastic advocate of military action (I think, is this correct?)

  • Mark

    Chickenhawk – non-military enthusiastic advocate of military action (I think, is this correct?)

    That is correct.

    See also: 101st Fighting Keyboarders.

  • John Dowdell


    meme: First used by Dawkins in 1976, I believe. Gained new mindshare among bloggers, but was in wide use among specialists before that.

    fisk: Good catch.

    anti-idiotarian: Less about blogging, more about not forming political opinions as an idiot would.

    link, trackback: Good call… there are other specific technical terms we’ve popularized, right?

    blogosphere: agreed

    troll: old term, but received new lease on life with anonymous comments.

    “pre-9/11 mindset”: This term has been brought into the mainstream recently.

    Slashdotted: to experience a sudden surge in site traffic, also called Sudden Popularity Syndrome.

    Streisand Effect: I think this came from Mike Masnick at Techdirt, describing how efforts to hide something on the net usually draw attention to it. (Compare to the older “Salinger Syndrom” of finding things on the net and putting them into your mouth, when you don’t know where they’ve been.)

    linklove: As in “thanks for the…”.

  • Jim Treacher

    “Insta-lanche”: The sudden surge in readers from ten per day to ten thousand that follows a link in

    That one was mine.

  • Robert S.

    derivatives of “blogging” like “live blogging” as in “I’ll be live blogging the SOTU while playing the drinking game”

    also, “Friday cat blogging” or other weekly traditions like that

    “comment spamming”

    and common phrases like “read the whole thing” with an embedded link, and “hat tip” or “Via Buzzmachine” with a link for attribution – not jargon so much as Elements of Blogging Style (hey, I think there’s a little book to be written)

  • TLB

    I was scanning Xeni (note to columnist: a famous and highly-regarded blogger), and I was reminded of a few more:

    FebOne: named for the day during the year when bloggers poke their heads out of their parents’ basement

    Hoboblog: blogs written by hobos and railroad jumpers, usually at public libraries, and celebrating the on the road lifestyle

    Hoblog: not to be confused with ‘blog whore’ (unless meant literally).

  • Robert S.

    speaking of “pre-911 mindset,” here’s a great cartoon:

  • Jim Russell

    One concept that needs a word is what Jeff often does — blogging about blogging. I’ve often proposed metablogging as a name for this concept.

  • Rich F.

    Try Blogtionary, at for another source of jargon. Some of them sound a bit forced, but it’s pretty good on the whole.

  • Neil

    Of course there’s “al-insertmediaoutlethere”, which denotes a newspaper or agency suspected of taking too sympathetic a line with Islam.

    al-Guardian, al-Reuters etc.

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