Please Get It Right: Blog vs. Blog Post

One of my pet peeves is when people refer to “blog posts” as “blogs.” It is not uncommon to hear someone say, “I just wrote a new blog.” A blog is the place where the blog post lives. Nobody writes blogs; we write blog posts. You can contribute to a blog by writing a post. As you can see from the sample Tweets below

Back in 2013, Forrest Wickman wrote a post about this very subject. This misuse of language seems to irritate him even more than it irritates me! Here’s what he had to say:

For many, using the word blog when you mean blog post is an understandable mistake. Most who make it are new to blogging, or aren’t fluent in the language of the Web. But over the last several months it’s become clear to me that the tendency to make this error has infected even some of the most Internet-savvy denizens of the Web. And it needs to stop.

The reasons for avoiding this linguistic boner are pretty simple. The first, and perhaps most obvious, is that it can be confusing. No matter what dictionary you check—online, Urban, or otherwise—you will find no definition of blog that means blog post. Saying one to mean the other is like saying magazine when you mean article. The listener or reader may get your drift eventually, but only after they’ve been thrown for a loop.

Second, it can undercut anything serious you have to say. The word blog is, even after all these years, a little funny-sounding, and this is magnified many fold when you use it incorrectly. You don’t want to undermine your own writing by calling your brilliant post a “blog.”

(Source: Slate, May 21, 2013)

As I said, Forrest Wickman feels or felt very strongly about this. In any event, consider this “blog post” a public service message.

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