Blogging is completely nerdy cool. I’ve been saying this for months now. The nerdy part mostly stemming from the name, or the word, “blog”.
We really need to take another look at this, people. Yes, I realize I’m late to the party. And I recognize that people much much smarter than me named this bad boy long ago. But…Blog?
Is that the best we could come up with? A word that mixes Blah and Og. Neither sounds great, and neither accurately reflects this medium. Blah, is of course, blah. And Og, um, just sounds blechy bloggy. Like Frog. Or Smog. Or Zog.
Seriously, I think someone somewhere should hire someone else to come up with a better name…heck, hire the people who coined the name “Spinning” for an evil exercise class that wants to kill you. (It sounds all twirly whirly, but really, it’s the angel of death. ) Yes, we should get the spin doctors of Spinning to craft a better name for this wonderful, maleable, connecting, dynamic medium. Blogging.
That would help.
And then tell more people about the great blogs you find. They are out there in full force representing this great thing that happens to have the most blah crap name in all the land. Plus, if it’s good for Norah Ephron and Zach Braff, it’s good for me.
So there’s that.
And now to Blogher. Besides, of course, Jenny and Ken and Laurie and Bones, I’d never met a real life blogger before this last week. And again, I can tell you with full conviction, that I haven’t been around so many smart, with it, achieving, creative, hilarious, geniune, thinking people in a long time. And even though I’ve never been to a Blogher anything before this week, I must say, I was a bit aprehensive about attending the big shebang in July. (Liz and Mir each present some of my exact thoughts really well here and here.) But I can tell you, if it is one tenth as informational and thought provoking as Blogher Business, I’m in. And I’m staying at the W with Jenny. And we’re totally throwing a party. You should come.
To sum up, Gabrielle and I went to dinner with Lisa Stone, one of the founders of Blogher; Maria Niles, and incredible writer; and the artist currently known as Jen Lemen, on Wednesday night, and I left that dinner absolutely engaged and fully charged. Because as Gabby said…”I sure do love talking with smart women.”
So seriously. Start thinking about Chicago in July.