Saturday, May 29, 2010

An initial blog

The first blog is the deepest. With that in mind, I decided to create some arbitrary terms to expand my blogging world. So, moving from the idea of a blog as a web log, what if we entered these terms into common usage? Feel free to begin to use these words in your daily conversations and email exchanges (with proper source acknowledgement, of course! :-)....

Bog: A blog entry that takes forever to write. Alternatively, a series of blog entries (or an entire blog) that never seems to get to the point.

"David wrote a bog the other day."
"He is such a bogger."

Cog: A blog entry that serves a definite need or stimulates additional critical thinking.

"I read a cog that really got me going."
"Theresa is an artful cogger."

Dog: A blog entry that was just plain poor, either in terms of quality or was difficult (qualitatively) to read.

"I spent too much time reading through a dog."
"Josef thinks he's posting good stuff, but he is just a dogger."

Fog: A blog entry that seeks to obscure the real message. For example, a blog about shaving cream turns into a political vendetta of some kind.

"Unfortunately, the search engines turned me on to a lot of fogs."
"Henry needs windshield wipers when he writes. He is a real fogger."

Flog: A blog meant to punish someone or stir up trouble.

"Roberta really flogged the Democratic Party in that one!"
"I should go home and publicly flog that book reviewer."

Frog: A blog entry that jumps all over the place and is difficult to follow.

"Pete wrote a frog that left me speechless."
"Playing frogger is not my idea of fun."

Hog: A blog entry that takes up an inordinate amount of bandwidth.

"A five page hog is a bit much."
"Sally really hogs it when she gets started."

Jog: A blog entry that can be read quickly. A one sentence blog, for example.
"Sometimes a jog is all I need to start my creative energy flowing."
"Toni turns a word into a jog like no one else."

Log: A blog entry that sits for eternity, perhaps never to be read by anyone other than the author.

"I was looking for some entries on the immune system and tripped over someone's log."
"I think Harry writes stuff, but they're just a bunch of logs."

Nog: A blog entry either written near the traditional holidays or appear to have been written by someone who is at least slightly intoxicated.

"That had to be a nog. No one is that out of touch with reality!"
"Betty is one nog away from being discovered by a rehab."

Tog: A blog entry about coats or cloaks or other outer garments.

"I didn't know anything about pea coats until I read Alfred's tog."
"Armando is a togger for one of the larger clothiers in England."

So, there you have it. Just some examples of how words take off and encourage derivations. As a thriller writer, I appreciate the power of words to move readers.

Verbally yours....