WAY TOO MANY "BLAWGS"? . . . Kentucky Law has highlighted a number of good law-related weblog posts in "Blawg Review #1," the first of a repeating series. It's a series that shouldn't be confused with the rotating blog carnival that's also called Blawg Review, which is hosted this week by Cyberlaw Central.
Meanwhile, I'm cringing over the fact that I just used the word "blawg" three times in a single paragraph. I try to avoid confusing jargon when I write, but sometimes the word "blawg" is hard to avoid.
Denise Howell, who invented the word, considers the recent discussion about its uses and abuses a "borderline microbial issue." I think she was speaking to these guys: David Giacalone ("let's make the word 'blawg' obsolete"); Kevin O'Keefe ("Blawgs should be banned"); and the Editor at Blawg Review ("Who let the blawgs out?").
You can find my opinion about the word "blawg" buried in the middle of Blawg Review #38, my recent list of blogging tips. Here was number six: Don't Be Obscure. Not only does the indiscriminate use of the word "blawg" lead to obscurity, but it gives readers the unintended impression that the weblog writer is running a private club.
Since this weblog is open to all visitors, even those who don't know what a blawg is, I promise never to use the word unless I absolutely have to.