Q&A: Why or what do we sign for “VLOG” and “BLOG”(ASL VLOG)

Here, xrzyclradogal2 questioned about sign for “vlog” and “blog” in her vlog:

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Here, my answered to her:

Go to YouTube (ASL VLOG)


  1. Wow..thanks Jon!! Now I understand and what Vlog and Blog signs are now..thanks for the info!! Interested what you said…
    Have a nice day!

    Deaf Sharon Ann (Deaf Tiger Hen)

  2. Also recommend you add link to Teri’s post about that. Forgot the title but she did had lively discussion in there. Fascinating :). But I agree, it is not final as of yet. Good luck!

  3. LaRonda says:

    Maybe a little more clarity about a blog is needed. A blog is a web log, not necessarily on paper. It is a written, typed log of thoughts, experiences, insights, etc., like a journal, but on the web (internet) and it is shared with others and made public (unlike a journal). The sign we see the DeafRead community use for blog is because it is typed or written words. The sign we use for vlog is to show video clips on the screen as you clarified.

    Thanks Jon.

    ~ LaRonda

  4. Cousin Vinny says:

    I still don’t like the sign as used for ‘blog’. When I read blog enries, I’m still looking at the computer screen. I rarely print out blogs and read them leisurely on my own time at my favorite barcalounger, ya know? 🙂

    But, the sign for vlog certainly ‘feels’ appropriate and doesn’t offend my notion of what signs should look like and how its movement should be conveyed.

  5. Rene Visco says:

    I’m little reserved about those signs. Suppose I’m a Deaf photographer who took a lot of pictures of Deaf surfers, I posted the photos (zillions of them). How do we sign for it if my blog is dedicated to posting photos only like Flickr, photo-sharing site?

    I prefer to use “vlog” sign for posting photos, photos of artworks, scanned images, etc.

    For vlog, I like to explore using the “framing” sign for vlogs (like the movie director put two hands together to frame the shot. That’s the sign for vlog I think is better.

  6. Before I found out the sign for “blog” by deafosphere, I have been signing “blog” as if I botch on a wall.. as if I write something to be put on the wall for everybody to read.


  7. michele says:

    Hi Jon,

    I don’t know if I am the only one who feels this way but I am not comfortable with the sign, “vlog”, especially if someone signs it in the wrong way, it looks as if it is an offensive sign if you get my drift.

    I’m sure there is a better sign out there but no one has come up with it yet. Otherwise, I would go with the majority if this is the sign to go with.

  8. C says:

    michele, offensive as in? I don’t get it. can you explain a bit clear what it compares to what offensive sign? thanks!

    I like the blog sign by gnarly..makes sense. Like Joh said, nothing is official yet.

  9. Candace A McCullough says:

    Count me in as one of those folks who prefers to fingerspell “vlog” and “blog”. They both are only four letters long and very easy to fingerspell. Also, only need one hand while the new signs use both hands.

  10. MikeS says:

    I like the signs as they are. Going thru organic and natural progress. The basic signs to me are of convenient and for rapid signing purposes. Concept already established so, not have to be exact. ASL is abstract and it needs not linguistic interference, but flexibility. One can offer own interpretations of sign preferences.

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