I know lots of people have probably heard me say it before, “I hate blogs” and now here I am creating one myself. Well, I came to the realization that I don’t really hate blogs, I hate the word blog. Seriously, it’s the tech word of the year that everybody is tossing around. I mean weblogs have been around for a long time, it’s just now over the past year or so that everybody is jumping on the band wagon. Watch me jump. Now its not even that everybody is jumping on the band wagon that upsets me, its that there are too many blogs out there that just steal content from other sites. A good weblog is a site that writes its own content, original and professional, as if it was going to be published in an actual publication. A bad weblog is one that says “hey check out this weblog that has this content”. This site will probably be a mix of both.
And now for some ranting…
Blog is just one of those words that makes me cringe every time I hear it. It’s like when people say GUI, you know, like “gooey”. Its just one of many acronyms that shouldn’t be read like it’s a word. While on the topic of annoying tech speak, URL is another acronym that isn’t supposed to be read as a word. It’s U.R.L., not “earl”, but apparently some people don’t get that. And trust me its not the Aussi model, I’m pretty sure it’s the OSI model. I must say, another one I’m not too fond of is Skuzzy. I mean really, it’s a pretty big stretch to turn SCSI into skuzzy.
Now, there is a flip side to this. It is acceptable to say acronyms that don’t sound retarded when they come out of your mouth, like RAM, GIF, or RAID. With some it’s almost as though they were designed to work as words. All I’m trying to do is stop it from getting to the point where people are walking around saying things like tee-see-pip (TCP/IP) or one which is already starting to catch on…. viop. Please people, please, its Voice Over, or V-o-IP, please don’t start calling it viop. I beg.
Now, I am willing to help anyone out with this, so if you ever wonder if you are wrong by saying an acronym as a word instead of individual letters ask me and I’ll let you know. I know this is all sort of a tangent as blog isn’t even an acronym, but it still makes me want to punch myself in the face whenever I hear it. I would rather say B.L.O.G. or weblog than blog any day.
What it really comes down to I think is for non technical people its a lot easier to put a meaning to a catch term than an acronym, so that’s why we are getting all these lame acrowords… er wordronyms popping up like blog and viop.
Okay, I think I’m done now.