A blog is a unique animal and bloggers—and readers of blogs— sometimes have things happen for which there are no words in the dictionary. They are all those little (or big) things that just come with the blogging life.
In the spirit of blogging comradeship, I have coined ten new terms for your lexicon. Some of them you might have experienced and others could be waiting for you down the road.
So here they are:
10 words for your blogger’s dictionary
Ambiguous Comment Syndrome – The condition of a reader’s comment being so generic that it is difficult to distinguish from spam.
We’ve all seen it. The comment kind of makes sense, but has no specifics. Should you delete it or not? Is it a real person or a robot?
babbleocity – the degree to which a post starts on topic, only to wander into new, off-subject areas, making the reader wonder what the post is really about.
It is sometimes the curse of creative people to be so full of ideas that they just all spill out in random order. I have been guilty of this myself.
blogchronicity – that synchronistic moment when a famous blogger writes a post on the same topic you are planning and publishes it just hours before yours is scheduled to go out.
It has happened to me more than once. And the blogger whose post comes out later might look like they have copied someone else’s idea. It is amazing that two (or more) bloggers can come out with exactly the same idea at the same time, but with all the bloggers out there, I suppose it’s more common than one would think.
Blogger’s Recall Deficit Disorder – the inability of a blogger to remember that great idea from last night’s dream and turn it into a stupendous post.
It’s that creative burst that hits you in the middle of the night: an idea from a dream that would make a perfect story in a blog post—if you could only remember it.
headbaiting – the act of creating a blog post title that has nothing to do with your post, for the sole purpose of attracting eyeballs.
This blogger is hoping that the title will lure you into her post, but doesn’t follow through with her snappy idea.
Invisible Comment Syndrome – the act of leaving a comment on a blog and having the blogger respond to every comment but yours.
It is like you are not there. No one can see you. When it happens, it is not very much fun.
Post Popularity Principle (PPP) – the proven relationship between a blogger’s most popular post and her need to be away from the office when all those comments start pouring in.
It happens. You write a post and have to leave for a business trip. Invariably, that will be the post that gets tons of comments, but you are not around to answer them.
Posting Paranoia Theory (PPT) – closely related to PPP, this is the theory that the post a blogger is most unsure of will be the most popular one with her readers.
Has it ever happened to you? You hover over the “publish” button, wondering if you should even post it and it becomes an instant reader favorite.
premature postulation – that instant when you recognize too late that you have hit publish on your blog post before inserting your photo.
It’s a little like watching yourself lock your car door with your keys inside. You know it will bring you grief, but you can’t stop yourself in time.
The Devious Server Effect – the proven theory that a blogger’s hosting service will go down at precisely the moment that her blog post is retweeted by a social media personality with 60,000 followers.
Remember that waiter who lurked at the back of the restaurant, just waiting until your mouth was full to scurry up and ask you a question? This feels a little like that. Hosting companies seem to intuitively know when the very worst time is to lose your service.
What about you?
Have you been on the giving or receiving end of any of these?
Do any of them drive you crazy?
Do you have new ones to add?