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timeforcake: Terminology, comments and 5 links of the week

ERIN PHEIL
special to the daily

For our tech terminology talk today let’s discuss the difference between a blog and a blog post; I hear these two terms used interchangeably on a regular basis. Problem is, they’re not interchangeable. They’re not the same thing. If you say one and mean the other, you’re going to cause confusion at some point. So let’s clear this up; it won’t take but a moment.

A blog is a website where people publish thoughts, commentary, stories, and/or articles on a (hopefully) regular basis. The term blog came about from the smooshing together of the words “web” and “log.” Examples of blogs include:

http://sethgodin.typepad.com (for marketing and business development)

http://www.trainingbible.com/joesblog/blog.html (training guidance for serious cyclists)

http://www.themovieblog.com (for all you movie lovers)

A blog post, on the other hand, is nothing more than an individual entry IN someone’s blog.

So blogs contain blog posts. Blog posts are what make up blogs. Simple as that.

To wrap this lesson up, let’s look at a few examples of terminology usage. It’s correct to say “Hey, check out the new post in my blog.” It’s correct to say “I just added a new blog post (to my blog) yesterday; it’s sweet.” It’s not correct to say, “I wrote a new blog yesterday” because you don’t actually “write” entire websites.

I recently received the following note in my inbox, courtesy of dear reader Joan Lavell:

Hi Erin, In response to your recent column in the SDN, Google also has an autofill feature you can set up with your name, address, e-mail address, and even some other info I don’t use. I use this feature all the time when I have to fill out forms with my information; you can do it with one click.

… And Joan is exactly right. Lots of people love the Autofill feature of the Google Toolbar and use it on a regular (often daily) basis. For a great overview (with pictures!) of this convenience-offering, time-saving, easy-to-use-once-you’ve-set-it-up tool, visit http://tinyurl.com/ypl8fv.

1. http://tinyurl.com/ycj66oc – Alright. Here’s a question for you. Yes, you. Tell me this: what is a web browser? If you have absolutely no clue how to answer that question, I hereby require that you to watch this simple, clear, short YouTube video. It’s not boring and it offers truly useful information you really should know. Take a moment, watch the video. It’s good. Promise.

2. http://tinyurl.com/7yd2op – Seven reasons your social media marketing failed – and how to fix it.

3. http://www.pocketsmith.com – Pocketsmith is a “web-based calendar that forecasts your future cash position.” This online tool aims to help people become better budgeters and achieve their financial goals with their special calendar, tracking features and cash forecasts. Sign up for a free plan (then, if you’d like, upgrade at any time to their $5/month Premium plan or $12/month Super plan).

4. http://tinyurl.com/2mznqy – Learn how to reduce the file size of your PowerPoint presentations.

5. http://www.cocodot.com – This is a lovely site/service created “for those who love design and take pride in the way they communicate.” (So no, the site was obviously not built for the customer service department of my phone company.) Cocodot offers beautifully designed online invitations and greetings. (We’re talking SUPER-beautiful here.) Unlike many of their competitors, Cocodot does *not* include advertisements in their eCards, announcements, wedding stationery or invites. Instead, they charge yearly or per-use fees. Make sure to check out their site and their beautiful designs.

eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design and development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at erin@timeforcake.com.


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