New Word For Blog: A Writer Wednesday Post

April 24th, 2013 | Posted by Irene in Essays


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Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of my weekly post. Thank you all for encouraging these weekly verbals and visuals–creating them for you has been my ongoing challenge and my pleasure.

In return I would like to offer you two new words. The first I spontaneously created when a waiter poured a slightly more generous glass of wine for my husband than for me. It would have been but a passing evening’s comment had we not subsequently noticed that it happens with some regularity, which consequently popped it into our working vocabulary. I call it the “man-pour.” (The man does not always receive the man-pour, but more often than not.)  Keep your eyes peeled. Should it arise in your experience, you now have a term for it.


                                                                                     Man-Pour, photo and all text ⓒ Irene O’Garden, 2013

The other is a new word for online creative writers who hate the word “blog.” I’m one. It sounds nauseating, messy, blobby, foggy, bloppy, muggy, blah blah blah. “Blogger” sounds like jogger, a casual athlete. What about writers who aspire to creating more than a “web-log”? (from whence cometh “blog.”) Who believe that every word counts, that every reading eye and listening ear deserves the honey it is seeking?

I delayed starting a blog because I hated the word (silly, but there you have it.) I finally cried uncle, but kept wanting a better way to describe my hope for this form. When I realized some of us want to create “web-literature, ” a word occurred. I offer “blit” as an alternative to “blog.” It comes with friends: bliterature and bliterary. (While some of my  posts are more bliterary than others, the intention is always there.) And those of us who create it and appreciate it are the bliterati. Thank you for being part of the bliterati!

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What do you think? Does the word “blit” and its friends  suit you?










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  • Linda O’Brien

    …and those of us who are bi-literate (and bi-lingual) who enjoy your blit are bi-literate blit lovers? Or those who cannnot (for some reason) read your blit are blit billerate? Opens all kinds of doors doesn’t it?

  • Scott

    Hmmmm. I’m pondering if “blit” is the right term for web literature. “Blit” sounds a bit like “blip” and the bliterature that youare creating is certainly more than a blip. I can certainly understand not wanting your words to be lost in a bog. I will, however, keep my eyes open for the next man-pour! Watch out, wine stewards, we’re watching!

    • I hear you, though it seems more folks I’ve heard from, public and non, want to give blit a try–so I’ll keep it for now–

  • Jorie

    Irene, you’ve done it again. Been the voice for many, I’m sure, who also get “blogged down” in current terminology. As only you can, you ” O’Bliterate ” us all (in a good way) with your fresh mind! I raise a man-pour, to you!

  • Jenna

    Now I’m going to have to look out for that man-pour, Irene! And the word blit manages to fit you — and the writing life you lead – so perfectly.

    • IreneOGarden

      Thanks, my dear! May all your pours be man-pours!

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