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So much to discuss, so little discussion....

Thu Nov 3, 2005 Miss Vicky 

There's so much to blog about, I'm a mite overwhelmed.... possible transit strike, Gomery report, the potential of a federal election in the not-too-distant future.... not to mention our kitchen renos (as I type this a sledgehammer is being taken to our ceiling). Unfortunately, a family commitment is taking us out of town today. In the meantime, I leave you with this conundrum, which has been bothering the Webgeek since this morning.

First, some background: this last week I've bumped into a number of friends who I hadn't seen in a while. But apparently they feel like they're up to date on my life because they've been visiting my blog. Then today I gave the Webgeek a key piece of news about my friend pamused, who just landed a pretty good contract with a fine national organization. I haven't spoken to her in a week or two, but I read her blog faithfully.

So, the conundrum: what is the appropriate term for this behaviour? Can you come up with a short descriptor for checking up on your friends via their blogs? The winner will receive....well.... warm thanks and good vibes and the chance to cook this kitchenless couple dinner. No, scratch that. We want to stimulate discussion here. Warm thanks and good vibes. That is all.

Of course we will accept any and all dinner offers.

Some people were moved to reply

The Webgeek Nov 3, 2005 01:50 PM said:

The best my coffee starved brain could come up with this morning was "Blog-By"

as in "I just did a quick blog-by at Miss Vicky's site. Sounds like her kitchen reno started"

liss76 Nov 3, 2005 04:40 PM said:

That happens to me a lot--both from people reading my personal blog (updated at least once daily--often more) and from me checking theirs. One friend says that after following my blog for a few weeks without actually seeing/talking to me in person made her feel like a stalker. :o)

My brain is barely functioning at the moment (thinking about preschool fundraising stuff), so I'm drawing a blank..

..but, in a not entirely-unrelated query, would either of you be interested in buying flash-frozen fruits and/or berries at a discounted price? Proceeds support a local cooperative preschool. :o)


liss76 Nov 3, 2005 04:40 PM said:

Okay, I lied.

That was outright solicitation.


Miss Vicky Nov 3, 2005 10:34 PM said:

We might be open to it... while we have no kitchen at the moment, our small basement freezer has some room....

liss76 Nov 4, 2005 07:55 AM said:

If you think you're interested, you can drop me an email: liss@neap.net I can send you the pricing information.

We also have a small freezer. I've spent the last few days doing math in my head, trying to figure out how it can fit a case of mango cubes.. LOL

Back on topic:

Serial-blog readers are often referred to as "blogflies".

I think there is a term already for what you describe, but it's just not coming to mind.

emily Nov 10, 2005 11:59 AM said:

Eeep! I believe I was one of those run ins of which you speak...

Hmmm. Is checking in on the blog and not checking in in person for a significant length of time boarderline creepy?

I suggest "blurking" for those who actively keep tabs for a significant length of time without calling....

But maybe if I do more commenting it will be less lurky, and more interactive : )

Miss Vicky Nov 10, 2005 12:11 PM said:

Ha! that is the best suggestion so far! Don't worry - it's not creepy. I just don't want blurking to become a replacement to the person-to-person interaction that everyone requires.

The Webgeek Nov 10, 2005 12:15 PM said:

"Blurking" is good, but I'd say that sounds more like someone who reads a specific blog without commenting... (*ahem*)

maybe "blupdate" would be closer.
"I just got the blupdate on Miss Vicky's Kitchen reno's"


The Webgeek Nov 10, 2005 12:40 PM said:


Its more of a descriptor of how one would learn of something.

Like, this morning: I ran into a common friend of Miss Vicky and I, and she asked how the Kitchen was coming along, and if we really were eating out every night. I assumed she must have found out blicariously.

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