Shortland Street gets it WRONG

Ok. Can I just say as a blogger for many years, that it REALLY irks me that Shortland Street (and often the mainstream media in NZ) is getting the terminology for blogging INCORRECT.

Anyone who blogs will see how silly the way they use the word blog is!!!

I am going to write A blog = I am going to write a new blog = I am going to start a brand new blog

I am going to blog about it = I am going to write a blog post = I am going to add a new post to my blog.

A blog is a collection of blog posts, not a post in and of itself!

Get it right!!!

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  • Rachel

    Mm, yeah I’ve noticed that and it bugs me a bit.

  • MrCynical

    The word has changed, much like

    “I will use the google search engine” to “I’m going to google it”

    They are not wrong, you are just old

  • Tui

    …and you are just gullible.
    I’ve noticed it too – just like how all phones sound the same and no one seems to use landlines anymore. But that’s Shortland Street for ya 🙂

  • Rachel

    MyCynical, can you provide examples of people using it in this way – apart from Shortland Street? I haven’t come across it elsewhere personally – especially by bloggers themselves.

    I’ve asked some well-known bloggers for their thoughts on this and will add any responses I get.

  • v

    Nope, not old MrC!!! People say theyre going to blog about something, not write a new blog.

  • blogger

    A lot of people use it that way these days. Whether they do blog or not.

  • MrCynical

    People say all sorts of things.

    I’m going to google it.
    I’m going to use google
    I’m going to look it up on google
    I’m googling it.

    It is just language shift.

    Rachel, type this into google “I am going to write A blog” and have a look yourself.

  • regan

    Yes “blogger”, you’re right. I think the reason why it is used incorrectly now is that the mainstream media have tried to jump on the blogging bandwagon in the hopes that they’d be seen to be “cool” and with their constant misuse of the terminology it is then becomes construed by the general population as being correct.

    There are plenty of blogging definition sites out there with all the terms. Including the following:

    1. A blog, or weblog, is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs are defined by their format: a series of entries posted to a single page in reverse-chronological order. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or reflect the purpose of the Web site> that hosts the blog. Topics sometimes include brief philosophical musings, commentary on Internet and other social issues, and links to other sites the author favors, especially those that support a point being made on a post.
    2. To maintain a blog by posting text, links, images or other content, often using blogging software.
    usage: I’m going to blog about…

    A single unit of content on a blog, usually consisting of at least a title and text. A blog is made up of a collection of posts.
    usage: I am going to write a new post for my blog

    If you use WordPress, Moveable Type or any other blogging software package then you’ll find the terminology “Write new post” or “Write new entry”.

  • regan

    Mr Cynical, the very first page that comes up actually reads “I am going to write a blog post on what I would say if I were keynoting”

    notice the word post in there?

  • regan

    Think about journals and logbooks etc. The definition is the same. Journals and logbooks all contain entries but a single entry is not a journal or a logbook in itself. Same goes for a blog.

  • MrCynical

    Yeah and some don’t.

    “I think I am going to write a blog on this when I get the time”

    “But I am going to write a blog though”

    “I am going to write a blog on how I beat 17 agents in a listing.”

    “I am going to write a blog soon on the kind of energy it takes to write a book ”

    Words change.

  • regan

    I guess if enough people say it incorrectly then it must be right

  • MrCynical

    It happened with Google.

    They added it to the dictionary even.

  • regan

    yes, I get the google thing but the word blog is totally different and the use of it is completely out of context in this situation. It’s like replacing the word petrol with car.

  • Wingles

    Whew good thing my status this morning was “writing a new post for my blog as we speak” I got something right today 😉

  • Rachel

    Pete Cashmore of highly popular blog Mashable says:

    “Technically it should be “I am going to write a new blog post”. “I am going to write a new blog” has come to mean that within the context of some social networking sites, because MySpace actually used the phrases incorrectly in its interface.”

  • MrCynical

    Maybe I am missing something, what exactly was the context? As I see nothing wrong with the original post. All those examples are just different colloqualisms.

    I also fail to see how blog is any different from google in the sense that it is a new word created solely from the Internet and as it becomes more common place the use of said word changes.

  • v

    Oh, so many replies! On Shortland Street, Sophie keeps saying things like: “I am going to write a new blog” rather than the more correct (and usual) phrasing such as “I am going to write a new blog post” or “I’m going to blog about it”.

    The examples I gave in my post were correct. Sophie’s saying it incorrectly.

    When she says she’s going to write a new blog it sounds like she’s starting a WHOLE NEW blog (blog = collection of blog posts), not writing a new entry for her already existing blog.

    She never once says she’s going to blog about it, which is the most natural thing that bloggers say. She always refers to it as “the blog” not “my blog”.

  • Alaina Roar

    I know what you mean, but yeah, as Rachel’s findings quote, MySpace actually uses the term incorrectly. You have a blog on your space, but they also refer to the individual posts as blogs. You have the link ‘Post a new blog’. Sophie is on a site that is basically MySpace, so they probably have the same thing.

    She never once says she’s going to blog about it, which is the most natural thing that bloggers say. She always refers to it as “the blog” not “my blog”.
    Perhaps because she now always has someone helping her – Angus, Nate, Hunter – she doesn’t view it as just her blog. It did annoy me when she started blogging though, how she’d always get people to check it first, cos seriously, who does that?

  • MrCynical

    It is not wrong, it is just different.

  • Tui

    It’s wrong when you actually stop and think about it..

  • MrCynical

    4 years ago maybe.

    Not now.

    As a quick search will show you, SS is not the only person to use the term like that.

    I remember a friend getting pissy at me because I said I was googling something a couple of years ago, now it is just common phrasing.

  • Rachel

    Darren Rowse of Problogger says:

    “I’ve heard a few people say ‘I’m going to write a new blog’ meaning a post – but I’d say that the majority of people that I come into contact with would say ‘I’m going to write a new post’ or ‘I’m going to blog about that’ or ‘I’ll blog that’. Most people that I interact with would say ‘I’m going to write a new blog’ when they were going to start a whole new blog.””

  • Rachel

    Richard MacManus of Read/Write Web says:

    “I’ve certainly noticed mainstream people using that phrase – e.g. newspapers, companies etc. So yes, not strictly correct – but that’s what I’m hearing too! :-)”

  • regan

    So I guess we can come to the conclusion that people are using the term out of ignorance 🙂

  • Rachel

    PS Sophie got it right tonight 😀 She talks about the post on her blog! Classic 🙂

  • MrCynical

    Yeah, lets slam people for doing something differently, keep it up.

  • regan

    :S It’s not about doing something differently, but incorrectly

  • Fiona

    Sophie’s incredibly stupid so any problems with her terminology can probably be blamed on that.

  • Graham Puddle

    This has stired up a lot emotions and agitations. At the end of the day what’s right for some people is wrong for others and visa versa. Really everyone knows what Sofia is talking about. To be critical, no one is perfect. I am more interested in the program overall and the script writers do a very good job.

  • MrCynical

    It is fracking language shift.

    You must have been so angry when people started say “can’t” instead of “cannot”

  • Imdeb