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Why this is an issue, I have no idea. Maybe it's important to bloggers, blogheads or others that know what that means.

Blog; Blogorrhea. Blogosphere. Blogistan. Blogdex. Blogrolling. Warblogging; Where it will all end, knows God! I wish someone had gotten to the naming committee before this whole movement got rolling. Given the attacks I’ve experienced on numerous blogs back in the days when I was still part of the print Borg, I do not expect the news that has asked me to begin a Weblog to be met with universal acclaim. That’s OK, hits are hits. Negative attention, for a Web site, is still attention, and and I will take anything we can get.

That said, my alleged anti-blog comments have gotten a bad rap. Norah Vincent, writing in the LA Times, and my friend Judith Shulevitz, writing in the New York Times Book Review, along with approximately a zillion other people, have seized on my criticism of the “narcissistic egocentricity” of as a knock on all blogs. It is not.

It is a knock on the kind of blogs where the blogger tells you how things are going in his bathroom, on his dinner dates with “Hitch” and his car-ride dates with Drudge. I hate the word “blog” but I like the format, particularly as a writer. (What’s not to like?) And I’ve learned a great deal from my now-colleagues, Mickey Kaus, Josh Marshall and the folks at Spinsanity, Instapundit (despite the nasty attacks on me to which it links), and even Virginia Postrel, with whom I disagree on just about everything. I’ve also learned a lot from Andrew, but most of it concerns what I don’t want to do on my blog.

I first noticed the form we currently call blogging when Mickey wrote an op-ed on the New York Times with an ID line sending the reader to When I got there, the site said something to the effect of “Stay tuned to this space for actual content.”