A friend online asked me what I was doing.
“Blogging for yesterday,” I replied.
“Blogging. as a verb. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”
“Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, say it ain’t so.”
“Not always. Usually ‘posting an entry’ or ‘writing’.”
“Writing is good.”
“But ‘blogging’ is succinct. Besides, today I’m not writing. I’m posting a drawing.”
Several friends have complained that ‘blog’ is ugly (and it is). But it’s a losing battle for the “the word’s weblog, not blog” crowd. Google has 155 million instances of weblog; and 488 million of blog.
Blog as a verb is a useful summation of a variety of actions – writing, proofreading, image creation/editing, file uploading and pressing submit buttons–in a particular context, the weblog environment. I can’t think of another single verb that does the same.
Until someone comes up with one, I will use “blog” as a verb and make my friends cringe.