The blogosphere isn't poisonous--but the name may be

I've been thinking about yesterday's post (which I inadvertently posted twice). It's easy to say that the presence of millions of bad bloggers doesn't weigh down the good ones. But a negative association of the word

I've been thinking about yesterday's post (which I inadvertently posted twice). It's easy to say that the presence of millions of bad bloggers doesn't weigh down the good ones. But a negative association of the word "blogger" could lead some bloggers to start calling themselves something else. Blogger is an ever evolving word. At some point, bloggers may opt to rebrand.

Plenty of labels are available. A blog could be called a journal, a bulletin, a pamphlet or a magazine, and the blogger could easily call him/herself--take your pick--a journalist, writer, pundit, editor or publisher. So if the words blog and blogger don't conjure up what we want to be, there's nothing binding us to them. I'm holding on, at least for the time being. But I'm reminded of the 40-year-old lyrics of Bob Dylan:

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you.
Forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you.
The vagabond who's rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore.
Strike another match, go start anew...
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