Blogorrhea noun. An unusually high volume output of articles on a blog.
Usage: "Well, 48 hours and 4,195 words later, we're reaching for our dictionary to check the definition of "significantly." After that, we're going to look up blogorrhea." - William Quick <www.samizdata.net>I stumbled across this term the other day. I immediately felt shame. Am I guilty of blogorrhea? Does posting on a daily basis (not for the sake of the reader, but the release of the writer) qualify? Should one let one’s significant other know of this embarrassing condition? (As if the LWW doesn’t know already.)
Part of my long Turkey Day weekend was spent writing and revising two columns for publication in cellulose. Both pieces seemed to come hard from the mind to the page. Blog entries rarely do. I am wondering why.
How does writing for print (or established website) publication differ from writing in a blog?
Print: word count matters - conciceness is a virture
Blog: take as many or few words as one needs - why say something in five words you can say in ten?
Print: topic of broad interest to a particular readership – to inform, convince others
Blog: topic of personal interest – to inform, convince oneself
Print: careful proof-reading, best if by a second party
Blog: catching embarrassing mistakes (usualy)
Print: little reader response
Blog: expected reader response
Print: careful conclusions
Blog: conclusions under construction
Print: deadlines (and those whizzing sounds as they shoot by)
Blog: no deadlines, as inspiration strikes
Print: scheduled for publication 2-6 months in advance
Blog: now, yesterday is old news
Print: formal language (well, kinda for me)
Blog: natural voice, including works like kinda
Print: editorial oversight
Blog: one’s own conscience
Print: monetary remuneration
Blog: jewels in one’s crown (am I biting the hand that pours beer in my mug?)
I recently attended a Soaring to Excellence teleconference called Google and Your Patrons. One of the video segments showed two college students doing research. One chides the other that she is reading journals, not RSS feeds, to prepare for a class assignment. And this from a library teleconference. Uff-dah!
So who is better informed? The journal reader or the blog reader?
Should monthly print journals/magazines be worried about readership?
What should the informed professional be reading - blogs or journals - when there is not time for both?
What really constitutes blogorrhea? Too many words or too few ideas?