Today’s Weekly Question of the Week comes from a short comment exchange the other day with Becca over at 25 To Fly. I was saying how I’ve come to hate the term “blog” for a number of reasons. Including?
- It sounds disgusting. “You’ve got a lot of blog in here, that’s why the sink keeps backing up.”
- It’s become synonymous with the lowest form of expression. I remember watching the show The Newsroom and at one point Jeff Daniels says to a disgraced reporters (I’m paraphrasing the first part), “You used to have cover bylines and a regular column in the Times. Now you have a blog.” And, yes, there are some awful blogs out there (None of ours, obviously. Other people’s. Stupid people’s. I mean, thank God none of them are here, so we can speak frankly), but there’s some pretty amazing stuff being generated. I don’t want to get on “Mutual Admiration Society” but, like the Internet itself, the range is beyond comprehension.
- If you tell someone you have a blog their smile freezes and they shoot you a look that communicates “Oh, God. Oh, God, he’s going to ask me to read it…”
- People then respond with faux-encouragement and congratulations as if you’d just blurted out “This morning I picked out my clothes and got dressed ALL BY MYSELF!”
And I could go on…
But what else could they be called? Should there be different names, depending on style & content? I threw out Bliterature, which I think we can all agree shouldn’t be discussed any further. Stuphblog said he goes with “Ecomedy” which is pretty good.
What do you think? How do you feel about the term “blog” and “blogger”? What images come to mind?
And, perhaps most of all, what other terms can you think of that might be more accurate?