A Blog is Another Way to Express Our Selves When Writing on the Internet
The Blog, a Portmanteau Word* Blending Web Log as We Blog.
*A portmanteau word refers to a word that combines the sound and meaning of two words, e.g., smog, a combination of smoke and fog; a system that was used by Lewis Carroll in his Through the Looking Glass; as with, slithy as a portmanteau because there are two meanings packed up into one word. The word portmanteau was an old type of large leather suitcase, especially one that opened out into two compartments; from French portemanteau (porter, to carry + manteau, cloak).
Peter Merholz, who says, Im a Web design guy residing in San Francisco, running my first company, engaging in various forms of Web punditry, drinking coffee and scotch (not together) to keep going lays claim to being the inventor of the word blog.
Part of what Merholz wrote in his Play With Your Words Posted on 05/17/2002, are presented in the following highlights with a few modifications for clarification:
- I have always loved words.
- I was one of those kids who would run to dictionaries to look up words I didnt know.
- I loved word playanagrams, crossword puzzles, double crostics, etc.
- As such, its weird to experience how my love of words and wordplay has actually made an impact.
- Sometime in April or May of 1999 (I cant say for sure when I exactly did it), I posted, in the sidebar of my homepage: For What Its Worth Ive decided to pronounce the word weblog as we (wee)-blog. Or blog for short.
- I didnt think much of it.
- I was just being silly, shifting the syllabic break one letter to the left.
- I started using the word in my posts, and some folks, when emailing me, would use it, too.
- I enjoyed its crudeness, its dissonance.
- These sites (mine included!) tend to be a kind of information upchucking.
- Blog would have likely died a forgotten death had it not been for one thing: In August of 1999, Pyra Labs released Blogger. And with that, the use of blog grew with the tools success.
- And now, its May of 2002, and over the last few days, blog has proven its stickiness in a way I would have never bothered to even foretell.
- At the Emerging Technology Conference, a prevailing topic was weblogs, with Steven Johnsons keynote City of Blogs, with Corys references to the Peoples Republic of Blogistan, other folks speaking of the Blogsphere, and endless conversations about who was blogging what.
- Standing at the trailhead is a delightful reward for this nerdy word-obsessed kid
who, flipping through Websters, used to wonder, who was the first person
to say that?
Views about the Structures of Blogs
- Blog posts are short, informal, sometimes controversial, and sometimes deeply personal, no matter what topic they approach.
- They can be characterized by their conversational tone and unlike a more formal essay or speech, a blog post is often an opening to a discussion, rather than a full-fledged argument already arrived at.
- As bloggers, we update our sites frequently with the content that matters to us.
- Depending on the blogger, the content varies; but because its a weblog, formatted reverse-chronologically and time-stamped; a reader can expect it will be updated regularly.
- By placing our e-mail addresses on our sites, or including features to allow readers to comment directly on a specific post, we allow our readers to join the conversation.
- Webloggers often use tools to facilitate the publication of their sites.
- These tools spit out our varied content in the same formatarchives, permalinks, time stamps, and date headers.
- Online we dont need to produce content of a certain length to meet physical page-size requirements.
- As the Web has matured, weve developed our own native format for writing online, a format that moves beyond the page paradigm: The weblog, with its smaller, more concise, unit of measurement; and the post, which utilizes the medium to its best advantage by producing frequent updates and richly hyperlinked text.
- The weblog post is a self-contained topical unit.
- It can be as short as one sentence, or run for several paragraphs; and its the amalgamation of multiple postson varying topicson a single page that distinguishes the weblog from its online ancestor, the home page.
- Freed from the constraints of the printed page (or any concept of page), an author can now blog a short thought that previously would have gone unwritten.
- The weblogs post unit liberates the writer from word count.
When I say everybody says so, I mean I say so.
When I want your opinion Ill give it to you.
Dr. Laurence J. Peter
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