Tuesday, April 26, 2005

25 Blogospheric Neologisms

"color cloister" by steven streight, copyright 2005 all rights reserved Posted by Hello

[This article, and all the newly coined words, are gratefully dedicated to my Big Inspiration: John C. Dvorak.]

I have introduced a number of neologisms (new words) into the blogosphere, or into discussions of blogs and blogging.

John C. Dvorak, AdPulp and others have noticed and commented on these neologisms, and have rightfully credited me.


I feel it's time to collect all these in one spot and provide my original definitions of the terms, before people start mis-interpreting or mis-using them.

Vaspers Blogospheric Neologisms

(25 New Blog-related Terms coined by Steven Streight)

(1.) bloatosphere: The legitimate, professional and personal blogosphere (realm of blogs contained within the web), plus anti-blogs, pseudo blogs, link farm blogs, and other anomolies and aberrations which generally deviate from the Blog Core Values (Universal Blog Mantra).

(2.) clinking: Linking, in blogrolls or hypertext within posts, to friends and allies, in the manner of a closed cult or clique, hence: "clique-linking" or "clinking".

(3.) Universal Blog Mantra (also: Blog Core Values): Authenticity, passion, transparency. (Sometimes integrity, honesty, sincerity, veracity, and other values are added to this string.)

(4.) Compromised Blog Mantra (also: Blog Core Values Betrayal): Values that deviate from the originally agreed upon values as expressed in the Universal Blog Mantra. These "values" or pseudo-values (depending on your point of view) include entertainment, fun, experimentation, non-strategic creativity. Such alternative "values" are considered by some to enable blog consultants, who are unable to generate viable marketing recommendations, to substitute frivolous or unprofessional blog formats and content, such as Fictional Character or Ghost Blogs.

(5.) reciprocal commenting: Posting a comment on a person's blog, after that person posted a comment on yours. Or, conversely, posting comments on the blogs of others, in the (usually vain) hopes that some of them will return the favor, and post comments on your blog. While the intention is good, and the practice is highly recommended, actual reciprocation is rare.

(6.) pseudo blog (also: anti-blog): Any blog or blog-like site that deviates from the Universal Blog Mantra (Blog Core Values).

(7.) proxy blog (also: ghost blog): Blog or blog-like site that claims to be the online "voice" of an organization or individual (e.g., a CEO), but is actually written by an ad agency, marketing, or PR professional.

(8.) sponsored link-o-blog: A blog that features, and may exist primarily to drive traffic to, sponsored links, meaning links placed by external companies who pay a fee to display their links on the blog. See "scumblogging".

(9.) text-centric anti-phonological blog: Blog that refrains from featuring such sonic or aural non-textual devices as audio blogging, podcasting, video blogging, and music files that automatically begin to play when a user arrives at the site.

(10.) derridean arche-blogging: Blog theories, methodologies, and practices that seek to "deconstruct" or radically question the basic assumptions of popular or professional blogging.

(11.) code blog (also: crypto blog): Blog that uses such special, non-normal languages as street slang, chat room abbreviations, acronyms, invented pseudo-speech, obscure foreign idioms, or highly technical terminology, generally with intent to veil the true content from parents, adults, enemy combatants, business competitors, or other unwanted or unauthorized visitors to the blog.

(12.) DFC (Dysfunctional Fictional Character) blog: A blog based on, or using as the primary spokes-entity, an imaginary persona, who replaces the logical spokesperson, which in most cases would be the CEO, owner, founder, or designated human surrogate.

(13.) bloffing: Blogging, or blog authoring, that relies on trivial, irrelevant, or predictable and impersonal or unprofessional "voice", sometimes refered to as "fluff", hence "fluff blogging" or "bloffing".

(14.) blooging: Blogging that is unprofessional, accidentally comical, or otherwise inappropriate. "Blogging" plus "goofy", hence "blooging".

(15.) crybaby bullying: A style of flaming, or personal attack, wherein those instigating the first round of combat pretend to be unfairly wounded victims of unjust harshing.

(16.) de-harshing: Apologizing for a flame attack, or explaining the legitimate basis of one's objective or principled critique, while negating any intent to express personal, subjective animosity.

(17.) phlog: Philosophical (i.e., technical, theoretical, scientific, non-personal) blog. "Philosophical" plus "blog", hence "phlog".

(18.) quackification: The relentless expression of feeling oneself to be persecuted personally, simply due to others not agreeing with ones marketing or creative concepts relative to blogs or other vehicles.

(19.) scumblogging: Any blog practice that is deceptive, immoral, criminal, unethical, or dubious. Includes "sleazy sponsored link blogs" that feature paid links for online casinos, pharmaceuticals, loans, libido enhancements, and other questionable or detrimental commercial sites, which may also be spyware or adware attachment conveyers.

(20.) astral blogging: Posting information on advanced blog concepts, theory, or applications, such as blogs and Internet2, blogs and glogs (cyborg logs, psycho-geographics, assistive digital technologies), or blogs and the Interplanetary Internet.

(21.) apostrophica: A condition of turning aside, moving away from the original intention, to pursue lower priority, or less valuable, goals. Used as a term to describe a switch proposed by inept blog consultants, to abandon the Blog Core Values and to base a business blog on entertainment, fantasy, fictional characters, imaginary personas, sleazy sponsored links, driving traffic to other web sites, etc.

(22.) blog scorching: Suddenly, decisively, and without consulting anyone, deleting posts from a group blog, due to lack of appreciation, change in blog orientation, or other unresolvable issues. From the "scorched earth policy" of combat in the American Civil War, whereby entire cities were burned, pillaged, leveled, which was practiced to inspire terror and broken spirits in the enemy and its populace.

(23.) brown blogging: Similar to "brown nosing" but in a blog. Using blog posts, or comments to blog posts, to "kiss butt" and win the favor of an online community gathered by the blog, and the favor of the blogger(s) or blog author(s).

(24.) dvoraking: Posting brief, witty, fascinating articles on various tech, societal, political, philosophical, spiritual, historical, corporate topics, with large headlines and attention-getting photos or art. From the name of a man who specializes in this type of blogging, John C. Dvorak. The opposite of "bloring".

(25.) bloring: Posting dull, ignorant, unexciting, irrelevant material to a blog, with no interesting photos or art, and no links to substantiating sources. Combination of "blogging" and "boring". The opposite of "dvoraking".

[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate

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