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A better word for blogging?

Replied to Bring Back Blogging by Chris Coyier (chriscoyier.net)

I wonder if the term “blog” has too much baggage. Too much history for it to really catch on again and make a dent.

Maybe “publish your own feed” is a better framing.

On the one hand, it’s nice to have a specific word for writing on the internet, on your own website… but I agree that for most people blogging likely has a specific connotation that doesn’t reflect the kind of writing they do online. I doubt most people tweeting or writing on Mastodon think of themselves as microblogging.

So how about just calling it writing online? I know a lot of people don’t think of themselves as writers when they post online, but it still could have fewer prescribed notions than blogging.

There’s also simply posting (on your own site) which borrows the language for sharing content on social media, and is medium-agnostic so it could cover writing and photography and video and audio.

I also like explicitly framing posting your own writing on your own website as self-publishing — though the idea of publishing might sound weightier than writing online need be.

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