March 11, 2002
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I'd just like to make one thing perfectly clear here. This isn't a "blog". You have no idea how much I hate the term "weblog" - when I first heard it sometime back in 1999 or so, I was pretty sure that the people talking were confused, because they sure weren't talking about the weblogs (web server logs) that I knew about. Oh, no, they took a perfectly good technical term and decided that it was okay to make it mean, "like, my links page that I, like, update every day and write a really, like, witty sentence about, and, like, all my friends put it in their blog too, and, like, link to me and stuff".

Blog, blogging, blogger, blah. Cut it out. Stop taking yourselves so seriously, stop talking about how weblogs are some fantastic revolution, just stop talking, fer chrissake. If you're going to write, just freaking write already. Keep a list of "today's cool links" or whatever, fine. If you really have to, call yourself a "journalist", even if you're distending the term to include "people who keep journals". But, Jesus, get a goddamn grip. Yeah, I'm talking about you, dammit.

(Actually, it was this page that set me off. There are many offenders, though, and come the revolution, they'll all be up against the wall.)

(March 11, 2002 12:55 AM)
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