Is it just me, or does anyone else think the word “blog” is just plain ugly? It sits heavy in the mouth, confuses everyone, and conjures up images of some wasting disease or putrid creature.
It is especially irritating for me, since what I am attempting to achieve with writing on my site is a certain elegance and facility with using words. I love words, love savoring them, love listening to their sounds, and the way subtle nuances cause incremental shifts in your guts or the colors that you perceive. When I read the words of masters who weave miracles out of their literature, like Michael Ondaatje or Tolstoy, Shakespeare or Annie Dillard, Rainier Maria Rilke or Mary Oliver, I am literally left speechless with awe and wonder. Reading their words seems to unfurl some vast sail or constellation. It is a joy.
But “blog”. Ugh… It sits dead in the water. One should remove it before it spreads too far. Perhaps it is already too late.