Blogs hit the big time

Ok, blogs have been big for awhile now, so this isn’t breaking news. I see the word used everywhere from political coverage to sports columns to professional developer sites, it’s really not an oddity anymore. Hell, even my family seems to know the term. We’ve got indices, searches, dictionaries, and countless other services dedicated to these sites.

So it’s with relatively no surprise that blog tops the list of most requested words on Merriam-Webster’s site. Although still a fairly new term (most words take about 20 years to get noticed), it will be included in next year’s edition and is already defined online:

Blog noun [short for Weblog] (1999) : a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer

Oh, the times they are a-changin’. And for the most part, it doesn’t bother me the least, being such a late-comer to the party. I feel no slight against my geekdom with its popularity, as I often have in the past. Maybe I just don’t care so much anymore whether or not people really understand technology, so I’ll leave the debates as to the accuracy of the definition and its proper usage to those who still assign importance to such petty things.