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Blogs and Posts... Closets and Shoes...

Question:  This little article I am writing right now... is it a "blog?"  Or is it a "post?"  Or is there no difference ?

For some reason... I often see a surprising number of Active Rainers using the word "blog" when the correct word would be "post."

Like many women, if not MOST women... I like to go shopping.  And... one of the "funner" things about shopping... is shopping for shoes. 

I have fun with my shoes.  (I guess at times I am easily amused.)  Lots of different styles.  For women, shoes serve nowhere near the same purpose as they do for men.

Shoes for men... cover their feet.  Keep them dry when they step in puddles.

Shoes for women... are a "fashion accessory."  I don't really have a "closet full" of shoes like many women do, but I do have more than my fair share.

First... I buy my "shoes" and then I take them home and then I put them in my "closet."

Now... for the point of this post.  It's about the confusion with the words post and blog.

This article that I am writing... as part of this "30 in 30" challenge I am doing... is a "post..." not a blog.  Like buying a pair of shoes.

Where do I put this "post" after I write it ?  I put it in my "blog."  Or, after I write this post... I "submit" it to my blog.  Like putting a pair of shoes in my closet.

The post is the shoes.  The blog is the closet.  Just as I don't buy a closet... I don't write a blog.

Another comparison would be like writing in a diary, or writing in a journal.

Just as we would write an "entry" in our diary, or write an "entry" in our "journal..." we write a post in our blog.  Or we post "to" our blog.

You buy shoes, and put them IN your closet.  You write posts... and submit them to your blog.  Same idea.

Comment balloon 52 commentsKaren Anne Stone • September 19 2010 01:14AM

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Okay, I guess, I'll buy that.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 8 years ago

Tammie:  Yes... I buy shoes, too.  Lots of shoes.  When I get them, I put them in my blog.  Or is it my closet.  It's late, I am getting older by the minute, and I get confused sooo easily.  Oy !

By the way, Tammie.  Remember... a comment only gets the 25 points if it is TEN words or longer.  Just a reminder.  Six words long, like yours... = no points.  Just being helpful here.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Shoot - I was using the terms inter-changeably because I hate duplicating words! (Blog isn't in my latest issue of Roget's Thesaurus) but now I've got Karen's blogopedia. 

I mostest hate bad grammar and speling thogh!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 8 years ago

Karen: Hopefully, a lot of people will read this and gain a keen understanding of the subtle differences.

Posted by Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor, If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow. (Conifer Homes) about 8 years ago

Cara:  That is totally awesome.  Karen's blogopedia.  I love it.  So, no... blog and post are not interchangeable.  But where can one learn stuff like that.  I kinda sorta felt a little dumb writing such a goofy post like that... but hey, if I help one person, it's a success.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Aaron:  Do I hear just a tad of sarcasm in your tone?  If so, that's ok.  I deserve it on this post.  Not sure the difference was worth mentioning.  But... I needed a post for day twenty-three in the 30 in 30 Challenge... <dorky smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Hi Karen Anne - There are a lot of people who state they are writing a blog when they are actually writing a post.

I am currently commenting on your post "Blogs and Posts Closets and Shoes" which is posted on your blog "Fort Worth Real Estate - - - Karen Anne Stone : Fort Worth Real Estate Online".

Posted by FN LN about 8 years ago

Why isn't the word blog in spell check?

Posted by Larry Bergstrom, CNE, CRS, GRI (Crescent Realty, Inc. Spanaway, WA. ) about 8 years ago

Ah yes, my dear ... however ... our friend Mirriam-Webster defines blog as:

blog

noun \ˈblȯg, ˈbläg\

Definition of BLOG

: a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also : the contents of such a site-

-- I'm just sayin' ...

And yes, I understand that Webster may be referring to the entire log of comments rather than just a single post or entry, but I predict that casual usage may actually add this one to the dictionary as acceptable. (harking back to my tech writer days. Unfortunately my Microsoft Manual of Style is woefully out of date!)

Posted by Gabrielle Nemes, 206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate (RE/MAX Realty South) about 8 years ago

Marc:  That was easy for YOU to say... LOL.  It may be much ado about nothing, but once in awhile it just irks me.  Getting old here, I guess.  Hope things are well in Toronto.  Have not been up there... (Peterborough area) for a long time.  Been to Quebec City quite a bit, though, and love it.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Larry in # 8, and everyone:  This is from Wikipedia.  It tells the whole story, briefly.

The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May 1999.[5][6][7]

Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms.[8]

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

I am guilty of intermingling blog and post.  I know the difference, but I am lazy.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 8 years ago

I love shoes and my closet has a spot built to house them LOL  I never really paid attention to Blog v post hmmm

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) about 8 years ago

Gay:  This late at night... I accept help wherever I can get it.  Thanks to you, and both Mirriam and Webster.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Jane:  If you think it's bad, now... just wait until you hit 40 !  By the way... come look at my Lady Gaga post.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Marilyn:  I totally understand about having your closet custom made to handle your shoes.  I mean, what else are closets for ?  I don't know why it bothers me so, but when someone says... "Oh, I just wrote a blog"... it's like someone scratching their nails down a chalk board.  It's just me.  Old and ornery, I guess.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, thank you for the clarification.  I always forget to call a post, a post.  As long as I don't put my posts in my closet and shoes in my blog, I should be OK.

Posted by Christine Hart Howlett, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland NE (Painesville and Eastern Lake County) about 8 years ago

It really bugs me when those two words are used incorrectly, so I thank you (non-sarcastically) for this post!  It bugs me just as much when people don't know the difference between a forum, a board, or a thread.  Apparently I spend too much time on the Internet!  :)

Posted by Gayla Worrell, Real Estate Webworks (Windermere Real Estate/Everett, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Christine:  There are times when I honestly think you are just as crazy as I am.  I like that about you.  By the way... trip is postponed... maybe by two weeks or so.  Email me, and I'll tell you all about it.  Poop !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Gayla:  Thanks for letting me know I am not the only one it bugs.  Also, I DO know what a thread is, but as far as boards and forums... I have never gotten into any of that stuff.  Just haven't  I only do Facebook... and only do it passively, because I was just about forced into it... thinking I did not have much choice.

After being on Facebook and seeing what happens... I honestly would ONLY approve "friends" that I actually KNEW... and would invite over for lunch.  I think it is so dumb to get an email from Facebook telling me that my hairdresser's brother's dog's groomer's minister's great-uncle in Pittsburgh wants to be my friend. I mean, what is the point... at least for me ?

But... I am a Myers Briggs INFP... so I prefer to live in a cave, and pull the hole in after me.  Does any of this make any sense ?

Take care... have a great Sunday.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

My shoes are in my closet, and my posts are on my blog. 

Somehow I missed the 30 posts for 30 days--is it too late to sign up?  Guess I should check with the AR guys...

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 8 years ago

Norma:  You are a good, organized woman.  Everything is in its place.  Cool Beans !

Now... about the "30 in 30 Challenge."  It started early in August.  I did not find out about it until August 27... so I did not post my first of the thirty until August 28.  So, four posts in August, and now 19 in a row in September... gives me 23 posts in a row in 23 days... with seven days to go... with my last post of the thirty... being due on September 26.

The contest... they are calling it the "30 in 30 Challenge" ends on September 30... so the time has passed for anyone new to start.  Perhaps they will start another "Challenge" in the future.

Many times I have written and posted more than thirty posts in one month... and I think three times I hit 40 posts... real, actual posts... not market reports or listings... but have never had the consistency to post one post EVERY DAY for thirty days straight.

Norma... here is a link to a post I wrote about the "30 in 30."  The 30 Blog Posts in 30 Days Challenge.  This should give you more of an idea about it.

So... this has really helped my consistency.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Great explanation.  Yes, often people are misusing these terms.  Hopefully, now it will happen a bit less often.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 8 years ago

I read somewhere that 'blog' and 'post' are synonymous. Seemed fine to me, even though I knew that we are all submitting 'posts' on our 'blogs'. After your 'post' on your 'blog', I will start separating the two again!

Love your your magnet letters that succinctly summarize your 'posts'!

Posted by Judy Chapman (Referral Network of Illinois LLC) about 8 years ago

interesting that there are a lot of different takes on the meaning of these two words.  Never thought there would be any confusion but see that there is.

Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS about 8 years ago

Good morning Karen Anne,

Great comparison and now there should be no confusion!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 8 years ago

It's an interesting one Anne. Because one goes to "blogging" conventions, not "posting" conventions. I think that defining these terms is a great thing!

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne ~ I don't think this was a silly blog post.  I was confused because I had heard it so interchangeably.  I will not make that mistake again.  I have appreciated your humorous analogy.  I also understand the nails on the chalkboard thing.  Mine is the improper grammar usage, especially with adverbs! 

 But one question that confuses me... Why do they allow re-blogs?  Shouldn't we be giving permission to have our post re-posted?  HMMM...

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 8 years ago

Lindsey:  OK... try this.  Someone who posts into a blog is a blogger.  Someone who writes in a diary is a diarist.  Someone who writes in a journal, is a journalist.  Somone who pastes in a scrapbook in a "scrapbooker", someone who pedals on a bicycle, is a bicyclist.  And for Wanda up in Montana, someone who sews onto a quilt is a quilter

So... we have bloggers, not posters, we have journalists, not writers, we have quilters, not sewers, we have scrap-bookers, not pasters, we have cyclists, not pedalers,

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Ms Karen- While I still sometimes misuse the two, I remember an explanation early on when I first started with ActiveRain.  But a question:  Am I blogging or posting?  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 8 years ago

Karen, I agree that the terms blog and post are often misused and used as if they are interchangable.  Hopefully your metaphor of putting shoes in the closet works for those who need a little clarity on this issue.  I'm sure it will! 

Posted by Kent Dills, Real Estate 817-495-8028, Bellingham, Washington (Broker, Dills Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Dawn, and others:  Here is my take on re-blogging.  We CAN and DO have to give our permission.  Down at the bottom left... when we click on our finished posts to submit them, there is a little box that says "Re-blogging... Allow others to re-blog this post."

That is the way we "give" permission.  That box is always automatically checked, SO one would have to UN-check it, to stop our "public" posts from being re-blogged.

I do not like the idea of everyone having the freedom to re-blog my posts.  That gets them... my posts... into places I do not want my posts to go... where-EVER that may be.  So... I ALWAYS un-check that box, which is why that little green thingie (sorry to be so technical, here ) does not appear at the top right, next to the gold "suggest" button... on THIS post.

I only allow my posts to be re-blogged if someone asks me, and I give permission to THAT person, and that person only. 

In order to do that, I must take that individual post, hit the edit button, then scroll down to the lower left, and CHECK the re-blog box. 

Then I hit "Post Blog Entry", and now... my post is re-bloggable... until I then go back into edit, and un-check the box that gives permission to re-blog... which then makes it not re-bloggable.

I have seen some folks... those who just LOVE to re-blog... and they DO re-blog... like buckets of posts... I have seen them complain, and call me selfish cuz I do not and will not give blanket permission to re-blog my posts. 

Sorry to that ticked-off frustrated re-blogger... but tough !  I wrote the post.  It is my "child..." my "baby..." and I want control over where it appears. I don't think that is selfish.

To those of you doing the "30 in 30 Challenge"... this "is it a post or a blog" post is number 23 on my list of 30.  I will re-work this comment, and turn it into my next post... (which I occasionally do when my comments turn into being the length of a post...) cuz it sounds like other Rainers might be interested in this "not letting my posts be re-blogged" idea. 

I will re-work this comment, and then submit it late tonight as a post... sometime right after midnight... so it counts for tomorrow... Monday the 20th.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Karen, I too notice when the two are mixed up----if I go and put a blog on my post will the birds or squirrels carry it away?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

Hey Karen, I checked the number of blog posts I wrote during the past year and each month I've posted thrity or more--so guess I am doing okay without the challenge. The 5,000 points would have been nice...;)

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne - As usual, not only is the post meaningful, but the varied comments give cause to re-think and re-evaluate positions.  I don't mean as much for "changing minds" as staying relevant to the community at large.  I continue to be amazed at how much I learn from your "closet" and the individual "shoes" therein .... thanks!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne - well, this explains why I like blogging (or posting???)...I love shoes and love to see my closet full of them!  I guess I like buying shoes to fill my closet so I like writing posts to fill my blog!  :D

Posted by Lisa Hicks, Serving Central and Southern Maine (Hoang Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Karen Anne - Your posts should be required reading for newbies.  I just learned another answer to a SIMPLE question that I didn't think to ask!  "A comment only gets the 25 points if it is TEN words or longer."  I didn't know that--but my comments tend to be wordy anyway. 

I will tune in at a reasonable hour to read your post tomorrow--I can't believe how many comments you got in the dead of the night!!!  BTW, this comment doesn't get me any points as I have used up my daily allowance--see how much I appreciate you?!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 8 years ago

LOL. Karen... I was kind of joking, but your response to me really made me chuckle. My 4-year old told me the other day that words are confusing when we were explaining that "funner" isn't a word. I think that he might be right! Thanks for the chuckle over something that should be so easy to figure out.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 8 years ago

Well I think at least ALL of the women on AR now understand the correct us of the terms!  Awesome analogy.  The importance of comfortable AND confidence building stylish shoes is lost on most men.   Now...what to use for the men that might stick????  The beer cans are in the fridge?  Oh, how terribly sexist of me.  Maybe the guys could chime in with a more updated and less sterotypical, but just as effective analogy.

I don't technically have a closet, and my shoes are on the floor...so what does that say about my blogs and posts?  :)

 

Posted by Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World! (Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group) about 8 years ago

Thank you for clearing that up so eloquently.  This was a pet peeve of mine but I just kind of ignored it.

Posted by Debbie Atwood, Real Estate Broker (Century 21 Real Estate Center Everett, WA) about 8 years ago

Yes, eloquently explained and with the kindness one would expect from reading a Karen Anne Stone post!

Posted by Eric Kodner, CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 - (Madeline Island Realty) about 8 years ago

Well explained!  Also, thanks for the history in your comments, on how the word "blog" came to be.  As I was reading your post I had this exact question pop into my head and was wondering why it wasn't called an E-log.  Now I know!

Posted by Terri Flight (RE/MAX Regency - Northern Virginia) about 8 years ago

Well that should clear it up for all those confused by the terms.  As for me, I'm off to write a blog. :)

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) about 8 years ago

Didja ever write a fence post?
If I put my shoes on a tree does it become a shoe tree?
If I post a letter will it go into a blog?
Do bloggers ever go postal?
By the way, to a man, if shoes are the posts then the floor in front of the closet, or beside the bed, is the blog.

Posted by Bob Willis, Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) about 8 years ago

You are kidding right?  I can't even remember 40.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 8 years ago

Jane:  I was merely being my nice, sweet self with my comment to you... always wanting to say nice things... but, if what you are saying IS true... then you look "very well preserved."  Must be the vitamins and the night cream... <silly smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Please, everyone... I am really NOT this anal.  Honestly I'm not.  This is just a little "scratch on the chalkboard" thingie for me.  Just my silly little doofus self.  Of course, taking just about anything I have to say with a grain of salt... is usually recommended.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Bob in #45:  Some cute ideas, there.  By the way... the musician in me asks... did you ever play foot-notes with a shoe horn ?  And of course, you know what kind of music results when one plays foot-notes with a shoe horn ?  "Sole" music.  <ducking>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Hi, Karen Anne. I love this POST! The closet/shoe example is a very clear and simple way to get your point across. Amusing, too.

Posted by Leslie Helm, Real Estate For Trail Riders (Tennessee Recreational Properties) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, now you're starting to get corny...  LOL

Posted by Bob Willis, Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) about 8 years ago

Leslie:  I spent nine years teaching in the seventh grade in the Cleveland Catholic Schools.  Being with twelve and thirteen-year-olds that long, and that consistently, kind of had me end up with my emotional, psychological and educational progress ENDING right there... at that level.  So, if you would keep that in mind about me... it explains quite a bit.

(ahhh... I had not thought of this in a while... and as I was writing it right here... I see it would be a great subject for one of my next posts.  So... double-thank-you for your comment, Leslie.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Bob:  So, I am starting to get "corny"... huh ?  Awww... "shucks."

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

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