Blogging has become the buzz word today. Many people would like to become blogger and work hard towards earning money and fame. Blog world has been abuzz with a large number of blogger who have made it big.
For a new blogger however, it is all very confusing. There are so many activities that are involved in a blogging business that sometimes it is overwhelming to understand everything. Many a times for a newbie, blog world presents enormous challenges when understanding even the basic terms. A blogger then gets worried. His main reaction to so many words thrown at him is to duck for cover or completely give up blogging.
Blogging is still about writing alright. Gone are the days though, when you can just pick up a pen and start writing ideas. Today blogging has become a business which is highly competitive and crowded.
In my opinion, before someone starts a blog, he or she should completely or at least partially understand some of the terms involved in blogging sphere. I have compiled a small list to help bloggers get started with.
The word BLOG comes from web log. It is just like maintaining a personal diary with appropriate classification( called as tags and categories). The computer system keeps a diary of when a writer has published a post and under what it is classified. Many of such post maintained in a chronological order gives rise to a blog.
Blogging platform
A blogging platform is a software system which is used to write, read and modify the contents of a blog(post, categories and tags). A blogging system is also known as Content Management System or CMS. A good blogging platform should be easy to use and customize. Many a blogging software are available on the internet. A blog platform of my choice is  WordPress which has got loads of features to help you blog your thoughts.
Themes are the look and feel of your blog. A theme’s component may be color of the background, size of the font, color of the hyperlinks etc. A theme also includes positioning of logos and other images. You can have only one theme at a time. There are thousands of themes readily available for technically challenged, while people who like to code can develop their own themes.
Tags and Categories
These  are the way you want your blog to be segregated into posts and then searched. While a tag is a freely assignable attribute to a post for e.g. SEO for newbies, categories are something that are planned in a systematic manner and are hierarchical in nature. For e.g. a food blog can be categoriezed as morning breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now lunch can further be divided into continental, Indian or Italian.
Tags help you search by your interests while categories are more like library classification.
Plugins are small modules of code that attach themselves to various “hooks” provided by the blogging platform. They perform small tasks such as facilitate sending of email, printing or helping use of social bookmarks. Plugins can be activated and deactivated without causing a loss to the main blog. They are just like helpers.
Widgets are small pieces of code that are normally kept in sidebars or footer of a blog. Widgets have a specific task. A widget for example can list out most popular posts on your blog or show your posts listed in a chronological order. A widget can be removed or added without causing a break in the blog. A plugin can also create a widget which may be used by blogger to enhance the usability of the blog.
These are just a few of the terms that every blogger needs to know while starting a blog. Hope you enjoyed the post.
Ashvini Kumar Saxena is  an entrepreneur and an avid blogger. His website is a resource rich site for wanna be entrepreneurs.