Fogging? Mogging? Bogging? Dogging? Jogging?

Fogging? Mogging? Bogging? Dogging? Jogging?

: Howard Kurtz finds out that blogging is a bad word:

Has “blog” become a radioactive word? Check out these comments from Editor & Publisher:

“‘I think there’s a real role for blogs in the future of online journalism,’ says Doug Feaver, executive editor of washingtonpost.com. But how exactly to handle them, he says, ‘is one of the main questions for mainline news sites.’ For starters, there’s the question of terminology. ‘We’re going to have to call them something else,’ Feaver says, noting the ‘baggage’ the term carries with some newspaper editors.

“His designated successor, Jim Brady, who takes over in February, notes that when they discuss blogs with editors from the print Post, they don’t use the ‘b’ word.”

And here I thought I was blogging away! How deluded of me. It’s actually an online compilation written in real time with links to news stories and some bl–I mean, some journals of Web opinion. I stand corrected.

  • Mumblix Grumph

    To newspaper editors, I’m sure BLOG is a bad word. Just like FORD was a bad word around the offices of Amalgamated Buggy Whip and Saddle.
    The revolution will be televised, but we’ll get our news reports from the bloggers at the scene.

  • ZF

    It’s hilarious to think that any newspaper editors still think they have enough clout to veto the usage of words they don’t like, let alone the word ‘blog’. As if. Meanwhile the blogs are blowing their doors off!
    The more arrogant newspaper editors plainly believe that the past few years have been some sort of unfortunate aberration, whereas the truth is that this is only the beginning.
    This is starting to remind me of when computers began to be integrated into military air defense systems. A whole generation of Air Force officers took a look and then retired en masse rather than try to cope with the phenomenon. These newspaper editors should be reaching for their pipes and slippers.

  • http://nickdouglas.net Nick Douglas

    It’s a gross word. I told a friend about the principle, “Blog as often as you eat.” She said, “I gorged, and then I blogged.”

  • BigFire

    When they cannot compete with Blog on merit, they have to resort to name-calling. A sad sight it is.

  • http://youngcurmudgeon.typepad.com Eric Deamer

    Blog is a word so ugly only techies could have come up with it. I’d love it if someone could make up a new one.

  • http://www.tonypierce.com tony

    blog is an ugly word?
    a cute blonde girl i know had lunch with me today and said
    oh my god i blogged twice today before i even opened Outlook.
    didnt sound ugly when she said it.

  • http://www.syracuse.com/newslogs/newstracker/ Brian Cubbison

    “Blog” does sound like a word that came from Trekkers, gamers or sk8rboiz, but can newspapers really complain about a clumsy, obscure name, when so many have awkward, stringy names that date back to pre-Civil War technology? Maybe we should call blogging “journal-ism.”

  • pele

    Tony you pervert!

  • Ripper

    We have the power to create our Name, and we have the power to rename them.
    Editor- The supervisors at newspapers like to call themselves Editors, but do they? I get the impression they spend most of their time these days eating donuts at meetings; Donuter.

  • http://cellar.org/iotd.php Undertoad

    She actually used the word “Outlook”? Gross!

  • http://hubris.typepad.com Hubris

    “Blog” was my slave name. Please refer to me as Log X.

  • John

    Do any of the big networks or media outlets based in New York still say their heaquarters are on the Avenue of the Americas? Fiorello LaGuardia changed the name of Sixth Avenue to that in the 1940s, but other than a few sources that used the new fancy moniker (ABC’s mailing address and the route signs on the old D train subway cars) people kept calling it Sixth Avenue because it was a lot shorter name and it pretty much perfectly described the street between Fifth and Seventh avenues.
    The same thing is going to happen to the media outlets here — the word “blog” is short, concise and is a quick way to describe this new form of Internet communications. Trying to substitute a 12-to-20 word definition for a four-letter word (apparently in more ways than one to the media) is never going to catch on.

  • http://bigblogcompany.net Jackie Danicki

    As I said when someone else tried to tell me that the word blog is kind of funny and hard to take seriously in a business context:

    Yeah, well, that

  • http://www.cm-id.com Craiger

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
    -M. Gandhi
    A bit overused, perhaps, but still a great quote.

  • http://nuggets.blogspot.com Howard

    Despite some media disdain, this is an interesting day in the history of blogs as media influencer. The NYT page one lead (on Rathergate) has this reference to blogs in the fifth graph:
    “Nonetheless, Mr. Heyward publicly defended the report in the face of mounting criticism, including comments featured prominently in a new medium, the so-called blogosphere on the Internet.”
    The Blogosphere: Love it or leave it, the media now has to deal with it.

  • http://www.godsowndrunk.blogspot.com Richard

    My wife laughed (mockingly) at me the first time she heard me say “blogsphere”. Really, these are the dorkiest terms possible for web publishing.

  • http://www.theglitteringeye.com Dave Schuler

    “Journals of web opinion”? J-Wo? I like it.

  • Mike O

    Everyone who produces or reads a blog should e-mail Dan Rather and C-BS a thank you note. First they made Blogs known to a great number of people who had never heard of them and then they gave them instant credibility as accurate and fast fact checkers. You can’t buy good press like this. They probably have done more for blogging than anyone since Al Gore when he invented the internet. Besides, think of the effect of a hundred thousand or more thank you notes.

  • slim

    Journals of Web Opinion: J-Wops.
    Bee Bop A Looza Baby

  • http://jimtreacher.com Jim Treacher

    Webble?

  • Dishman

    Early adopters set the terminology.
    When hasn’t that been true?

  • http://sisypheanmusings.blogspot.com/ Sisyphus

    Are You Talkin’ to Me?
    If blogging is a “bad word” than what am I?

    What’s the old saying? … just don’t call me late for dinner.

  • http://www.advicegoddess.com Amy Alkon

    Instead of calling ourselves “bloggers,” we could just call ourselves “threatening.”