I got an e-mail today from WordPress. It was urging me to make a new post, and one of its ideas was: “What change would you like your blog to make in the world? Start a blog post and tell us why you’re here.”
Really, I want to change the world, eh? Well, it would be great if I somehow inspired readers to be nicer to themselves and others, but with the likelihood of that, I won’t press the point.
I remember the first blog I looked at, during and about the making of the TV cult hit “Firefly”.(How long ago was that?) I wasn’t captivated by it, though I totally dug the show. But that is where I learned that the word blog is short for web log. How many of you knew that?
My WordWeb (http://wordweb.info/free/ absolutely great tool) defines a log as, among other things,
- A written record of messages sent or received
“they kept a log of all transmission by the radio station“; “an email log”
- A written record of events on a voyage (of a ship or plane)
Now to me, this naturally translates into their definition of Blog:
Noun: blog blóg
- A shared on-line journal where people can post daily entries about their personal experiences and hobbies
“postings on a blog are usually in chronological order“;
– web log
So, no changing of the world here. You want that, you better check out someone else’s blog. Have at it, and have fun. But right here at “I’m not a complete idiot” you will be subjected to my random thoughts and possibly accounts of significant happenings in my life. We clear, WordPress?