As Chair of the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Blogosphere Grammar, I feel compelled to dispel a few misperceptions.
A blog is analogous to a newspaper. A blogger is like a reporter or columnist who publishes articles or opinions in the paper. Blog posts or entries are like the individual articles or columns. Readers who attach comments to a blog post are like newspaper readers who submit letters to the editor.
So here on Locally Grown, there are only three bloggers: me, Ross and Tracy. We author blog posts or blog entries, like this one. Many of you, our dear readers, attach comments to our blog posts. (Thus far in January, 125+ people have contributed comments).
There’s not really a good term to describe people who submit comments, just like there’s not a good term to describe people who submit letters to the editor in the newspaper. I sometimes use the terms ‘commenter’ or ‘participant’ or ‘contributor’ here but all are a little awkward.
A string of comments attached to a blog post is best referred to as a blog discussion or a discussion thread. Other phrases such as message thread’ or ‘discussion topic’ are acceptable but they’re more commonly used in web-based forums, AKA message boards.
So here’s what correct blog lingo might look like in conversation:
I saw that you posted a comment the other day to a discussion thread on Locally Grown’s blog. It was that post of Tracy’s in which she…
See the Wikipedia’s List of blogging terms for more.