Tuesday, 8 July 2008


According to Wikipedia: A blog (an abridgment of the term web log) is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Used as a verb, it means to maintain or add content to a blog.

-itis, an English suffix typically used to denote an inflammation occuring in infections.

BLOGITIS therefore refers to being inflammed and infected to blogging, a condition this author and partner are currently suffering from.

The obvious plus points to this activity are that a permanent record is kept on subjects of interest, the innumerable photos taken are vetted and edited and of course nuturing ones creativity through writing.

On a lighter note, some are of the opinion that blogger is a term used to describe anyone with enough time or narcissism to document every tedious bit of minutia filling their uneventful lives. Possibly the most annoying thing about bloggers is the sense of self-importance they get after even the most modest of publicity. Sometimes it takes as little as a referral on a more popular blogger's website to set the lesser blogger's ego into orbit.

Jokes aside, this is very true. Just look at the popular blogs: commitment of the blogger and the enthusiasm generated is real. Some are even willing to go to jail for it!

The downside is frightening.

It becomes an obsession and every waking hour consumed with blog thingy's: like who gets to the computer first in the morning, hogging more than ones fair share of computer time and the eventual tusle over photograph rights. It comes to a point where certain photos have to be booked well in advance before another hijacks it off.

If you allow this to continue, you may find yourself trapped in a blogoshere.

The blogosphere is the new buzz word that has replaced "information super highway." It's what idiots like to call a collection of "blogs," otherwise known as a tragedy.

. . . or worse become a blogomaniac . . .

Blogomania: Like all other manias, except relating to the infatuation of blogs.

Blogomaniacs infected with blogitis tend to exhibit symptoms of blogrolling.

Blogroll: A long list of links that nobody will ever click on. Bloggers not only link to their friends and fellow bloggers, but their eventual goal is to link to every linkable document on the Internet. Most "blog rolls" are so full of links that it can bring even the mightiest of search engines to a crawl as they sort through all the frivolous bullshit bloggers link to.

Just as microbes can be classified, there evoles a subclass - photoblog. evolves.

Photoblog: Photoblogs make me yearn for the day when cameras weren't digital, film cost money, and it took time to develop pictures. . . take countless pictures of nothing with no focus, no theme, no message. You're not an artist. You're not deep. Get a new hobby.

This malady can result in epidemic proportions where a whole community is
infected giving rise to the dreaded:-

Blogging community:
Losers, goths, bedwetters, and journalism dropouts

. . . creating a . . .

A zany phrase used any time there's an
abnormal amount of posts on blogs
regarding any particular topic.
PS: Excepts in italics are by a writer with a sense of humour.

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