If we were to be correct punctuation-wise, the world would spell the word “blog” this way: ‘blog. That’s because the word “blog” is a contraction of the word “weblog”. A weblog is an online chronicle of an individual’s/group’s thoughts, actions and observations. Let’s be frank: Facebook is a blog for the world that Mark Zuckerberg runs. He was very wise to put it together, and, now, he is very rich for putting it together.
The root portion of the word “chronicle” is “chrono-“, which is Greek for things pertaining to time. The one thing I am learning about maintaining a weblog, or blog, is that, at times, having the time to add entries is at a premium, if possible at all. This can be both a blessing and a disadvantage.
It’s a blessing in this fashion: The inability to transfer an idea to a blog post can lead to realizing that the post wasn’t well thought out, and better left off the blog. An example would have to do with the recent Republican Party presidential candidates’ debate (well, with ten of them, anyway) in Cleveland on Thursday, August 6. I was planning on putting together a post on how the debate’s set-up by Fox News Channel reminded me of another Fox property: “American Idol”. However, on my radio program, I fleshed it out verbally, and realized that the storyline of “Political Idol” didn’t really pan out as well as I thought. So, you won’t find that post on this blog.
However, when you do have an idea that you’d really like to put on the blog, but demands on your time prevent you from doing so, the shelf life of the subject matter behind that idea can expire before your content becomes dated…or, as I like to say, the train has long left the station.
It’s like that when you’re engaged in conversation with a good-sized group of people. Someone says something that triggers a thought that you’d like to add to the conversation. However, after the speaker that spurred your thought finishes their comment, another conversant in the group follows up that comment with their thought, then another adds their follow-up, and so on until the conversation turns in a different direction a few miles away from that thought you wanted to reply with a few opportunities back. To interject that idea, thought or opinion into that conversation instantly would cause the train to stop, change tracks, and head back to the station, which would throw the thought process schedule of that discussion way off whack. So, no matter how precious you thought that input was at the moment of possible insertion during that multi-participant conversation, you must keep it within your chest for all eternity…or until another conversation on that same, or a similar, topic just possibly finds you in the midst of it between that moment and the end of your moments on earth.
With that in mind, I guess that’s what the blogosphere is: An ongoing series of conversations using a keyboard and a platform that the world can monitor. That is, if you have the time to participate.