At first hearing the term “blog” feels slightly ingenious (web log – right, I get it). More than that the word falls heavily upon the ear, unsubtle, ugly and crude – the more so since in the vernacular of childhood the bog was the lavatory. When we visited the lavatory whatever solids we deposited there were collectively a ‘bog.’ The term remains current but not predominant.
Initially I disdained the term ‘blog’. I knew instinctively that a blogger must be vain and unselfconsciously vulgar. I knew I would never write one; I would never be one.
Yet here we are. Of course I am flattered that over two hundred and fifty persons have managed to overcome these unpleasant redolences and ‘follow’ these postings. Yet, two or more years after embarking on the practice I remain unreconciled to blogs and blogging. The words suggest turds.
So what are we sharing? I think this is Howard Goldenberg’s column, too occasional to constitute a diary, yet intimate enough to be that. This is Howard thinking aloud, thinking personally. Self-absorbed in tone, vain in ambition, unexpectedly enriching to the writer in its fruitful exchanges.
Being now FED UP, I resolve that so long as I remain a bogger, I’ll no longer be a blogger. When King George V lay on his death bed a friend visited and remarked encouragingly, ‘You’ll soon be up and about and able to take your annual holiday at Bognor.’ To which the king replied: ‘Bugger Bognor!’ – and died.
As for me, Bugger Blogger! I am glad to announce this blogger has died, executed, the punishment for linguistic ugliness well overdue.
Good morning, welcome now and henceforth to the occasional musings of Howard Goldenberg.
I really dislike the word too, but make myself use it, knowing that with use it will take on its modern meaning and come to represent it, but… I agree it will never be a lovely word.
I love your musings – they always leave me with feelings of comradeship in this life journey of ours.
Wow, jan. High praise for a musing writer
I recAll the inscription found inside the cover of all books in the “Everyman” series:
Everyman be with me at my side- or some such
Very gratifying to imagine my writing being some use of that order
Thank you jt
Thank you Howard. I would say your blog is always….. a musing.
Eater pies an berg
Is a muse?
With the moose
That’s the news
Love to all
Muse away muse.
Dear Howard! I’m pleased your pleased to delete “blogs” and for the same reasons I relate in time and places to bog, bogs, turds, and the like! hmmm! crude! I shall look forward to your occasional musings! xxxxx