Blog vs. Post/Entry

by Meryl K Evans | Category: Blogging, Meryl's Notes Blog, Writing 4 comments

myspace blog Blog vs. Post/EntryTalk about confusing. MySpace says, “Post new blog.” You click “Post Blog” button after writing the entry. A business magazine recently encouraged readers to add a blog. In this case, it was talking about adding an “entry.”

A new entry can’t be defined as a new blog. A blog consists of entries. Entries consist of words and links. I opened several books on blogging to check their definition.

Blogging for Business: “Blogs organize their content into short “posts” or articles, which are displayed in reverse chronological order and tend to contain personal opinions as well as facts.”

The Corporate Blogging Book: “A blog, short for ‘Web log,’ is an easy-to-publish Web site.” and “Entry: The meaty part of a blog, i.e. the individual articles are short posts written by the blogger. Also known as post.”

Blog consists of entries. You write and add entries into a blog. You write IN a blog, not add a blog, unless of course, it’s a new blog in itself that will have entries added.

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4 comments

  • Posted by jen on April 18th, 2007, 6:58 PM

    I recently came across this when I was reviewing a new site a friend had built using PhPFox software. My feedback to him was that I found it confusing that blogs were in fact blog entries. I think with this software though, that’s the way it is.

  • Posted by dotjay on April 24th, 2007, 7:13 AM

    I’ve been considering this lately while working on our own blogging application. I’ve opted for using “entry” to describe content, i.e. wherever a blog may typically use “post” or “article”. The way I see it, an “article” may be a type of “entry” (others may include polls, bookmarks, etc). And I avoid using “post” to describe content as its meaning can be ambiguous.

  • Posted by Chuck McKay on October 28th, 2007, 9:40 PM

    Common sense would indicate that a web log would be a collection of entries.

    Therefore, one “posts” each entry in their “blog.”

    I like dotjay’s explanation of entries, which may or may not be articles.

  • Posted by Blog vs. Post = Magazine vs. Article | Paul Hutchinson's Blog on May 18th, 2011, 11:38 AM

    [...] what I’ve found the trend started with MySpace, rather than have a button that said post article, entry, or page they made their new entry button [...]

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