So, as if I didn’t have enough on my plate, I’ve plunged into blogworld , and what did I find? Well, for starters that I’m computer illiterate... Up to now, I had been puzzled by acquaintances describing themselves as such even though they were quite clearly capable of using a PC, so why all that false modesty? NOW I know ... or rather, now I know that I don’t know anything!  But, as they say, I’m willing to learn (note, I said ‘willing’, not ‘eager’...).
So what did I learn about the blogscape yesterday? Well, for instance, more web or blog based vocabulary.
blogdex: a site developed by MIT media laboratories to track the appearance of memes (see below) in the blogging community.
blogorrhea: - surprise, surprise, is a derogative to describe those blogs which are devoted to someone’s raving and ranting, moaning and whining, general rambling and sharing every minutiae detail of their pathetic little lives (I’ll feel well at home there then...)
flamebait: a link installed or comment made in order to create a strong reaction
fram: a contraction of friends who send you spam; we all know the type: any joke, any remotely interesting link finds its way into their mailing list and into your inbox
linkaholic: self explanatory really
linkslut: a blogger/website owner who loves to be link to other websites in the hope of receiving a link back
memes: in casual use, the term often refers to any piece of information passed from one mind to another (Wikipedia info)
slashdot: /. a site focussed on technology
troll/trolling: 1 (n) someone who reads blogs, sites, forums without commenting; 2 (v, tr) to deliberately post incorrect or provocative comments; 3 (n) someone who conducts acts described in 2
The last one I had already encountered on the Weight Watchers’ forums (in the shape and form of 2 & 3), and they were truly obnoxious, whereas the first meaning I came across as ‘lurking’ recently.
As for linkaholic and linkslut – well, the first one describes very aptly what I already am and the other one, what I fully intend to be in the future....
Which brings me neatly to linking – clearly, this is what blogging was all about in the early days (so my research shows), i.e. drawing the readers’ attention to interesting stuff you’ve just come across by providing the immediate link to it. Well, I’d love to do that (finally some small purpose to all my surfing) but I don’t know how to, maybe it’s in the blogging instructions...
But first of all I’ve got to get my parcel packed for the Blogging By Mail action, and put the Red Russian into the fridge, so we can drink to my new acquaintance from C & Z who’s getting married today. I shall be taking photos ... but I don’t know what to do after that...Tomorrow, the teenagers are off to Manchester for a week and OH is probably working away somewhere exotic (not!), so nobody’s going to tend to my PC needs, which means I have to persuade them to load the photos tonight... so, I’m not sure whether I can even say: watch this space! (Apart from it being a worn out cliché...)
 more about that later
 about Socrates et al a bit later