Monday, March 5, 2007

Blogging Evolution - 5 Key Terms All Beginning Bloggers Should Know

In celebration of my one month anniversary in the blogosphere here is my list of 5 key terms all new bloggers must embrace to make your new world much easier to understand and navigate. They are:
  1. RSS
  2. Feed Reader
  3. Podcast
  4. Widgets
  5. Mashup

As the saying goes, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink!" Most of these terms I had heard before but found little need for until blogging became a daily "To Do" item.

RSS, Bloglines (a feed reader) and podcasts have become a necessary evil in my blogosphere and probably the first you will conquer with relative ease.

Widgets are next. Like most gadgets I probably don't need to add widgets to my blog but I will makeup a reason to find a place for ones like ChipIn. ChipIn is a simple platform for individuals or organizations to collect money for anything and everything that allows people to track your progress towards your goal and let's organizers use well known online bill pay tools like PayPal.

Last but not least is Mashup. Put simply, a Mashup is the combination of two technologies that when combined can make an even better product, service, etc. like the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or if you prefer a more recent example the Apple iPhone.

Next month I offer an update list for the intermediate bloggers to continue tracking my blogging evolution! Stay tuned!


Brittany said...

Another company that provides widgets in collaboration with a social cause it Firstgiving. FIrstgiving is a website that helps anyone create a free personalized fundraising page for practically any non-profit. They have widgets that provide a real-time representation of your progress toward your fundraising goal. The best thing about these widgets is that they are a constant reminder to your readers that you are fundraising and you need their help!

Josh said...

Thanks for that post Brittany. Firstgiving looks first rate!