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Is it a blog…or a grog?

“Weblog” is a term first coined by Jorn Barger (Dec. 1997), and shortened to “blog” by Peter Merholz in May 1999.  Wikipedia defines it as “a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.”

With 112,000,000 blogs in existance (Dec. 2007), we’re all familiar with the term.  But have you ever heard of a “vlog”? (video log)  Or a “splog”? (spam log)  Or a “phlog”? (a photo log)  Or how about a “frog”? (any weblog written by a French person)  C’est des nouvelles à moi.

Not to be outdone, I have decided to coin my own unique blog word.  Henceforth, my weblog shall be known as a “grog”.  It’s short for “gratuitous weblog”, because after all, let’s be honest, with more than 112 million blogs already up and running, does the world really need another one?  What could I possibly add to the conversation that hasn’t already been said – or is being said – right this very minute by tens of thousands of Twittering typers?  In the time it took me to write this sentence, 1200 new Tweets were added to the Internet.  140 characters per Tweet.  The clicking of the keys is so deafening it’s like a scene out of Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.  We’re quickly being pecked to death one “enter” key at a time.

Nonetheless, in spite of the blogging flock (would that be a “flog?), here I am posting my very first article on my very own grog.

The world may never be the same. We can only hope.

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Comment from Bookworm
Time October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Welcome to the world of Grogging, Nowen! The Blogoshpere…I mean Grogosphere…will be a better and brighter place with you in it!

BTW, if you ever want to set up a blog for me, (in your freetime!Ha!) then, please do! Your blog layout is fantastic!

Comment from Nowen N. Particular
Time October 20, 2009 at 6:15 am

Marietta, has there ever been a more faithful friend than you? Thank you for your kind words. As far as setting up other blogs, that happens to be part of my “real” job, as a graphic artist and web designer. You can check it out on my company site, Thanks again, dear.

Comment from Bookworm
Time November 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I KNEW IT! I thought you must do something like that for your “real” job!!!

Your work is amazing!

Comment from Bookworm
Time November 29, 2009 at 8:41 pm

O.K. so I just checked out ScuttleBird and I am very impressed! Not surprised though!!! VERY impressive! You must know that if tehre is ever a need for a website, we will be giving you a ring a ling ling!

Comment from Nowen N. Particular
Time November 30, 2009 at 5:46 am

My web design site,, is a joint effort between myself as the designer and my son, Christian, who is the programmer. I couldn’t do it without him.

Comment from Cic
Time May 19, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Will there be a second book in the Boomtown series? I just finished the first book and am now on my computer at 11 pm ready to beg you to write a sequel!

Comment from Nowen N. Particular
Time May 20, 2010 at 6:55 am

Dear Bananas Rule, I’m pleased to know that you enjoyed Boomtown Book 1. I have written a sequel, called “Back to Boomtown”, but for now it’s on hold, pending approval by the publisher. Perhaps we should organize a write-in campaign to encourage my publisher (Thomas Nelson Publ.) to schedule the release date for Book 2. What do you think?

Comment from Cici
Time May 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I agree. But I have no idea how to do that! I’m only 13, for a little fact of interest.

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