February 25, 2005


Well, since today is Alliterative’s one-year blogiversary, and since it’s been a week since I last posted, it seemed like a good time to get around to posting again. The fact that I’ve got yet another cold — you may now direct your sympathy towards me — coupled with the general busy-ness of my life has already put me behind a bit in my blogging, but I’ll make up for it now.

So it’s been a year since I started blogging. This actually seems somewhat of a hollow milestone — what a bizarre mixed metaphor — since for a large chunk of this year I wasn’t blogging at all, but such is the way things go. In any case, it was my realisation of this impending blogiversary that got me writing again, so I suppose it has served some purpose.

Upon beginning to write this entry, it occurred to me that I had no idea how one would spell ‘blogiversary’, so I decided to do some Google searches to see what was the most frequent spelling. For everyone’s edification here are the results for all the spellings tried:


I’m sure you all find this fascinating reading… Well this sort thing interests me anyway, and since it’s my blogiversary…

Posted by Mark at February 25, 2005 03:21 PM

Come, come, surely it should be “blogoversary” to follow the precendent of “blogosphere”.

Hmmm… if we take the etymological precedent from anniversary, though, I guess it should just be “blogversary” … Such are the rude collisions of the English tongue!

I hope it has been a happy one for you, glad you’re keeping it up. I have a blog now too, incidentally — I’m including the link — but I update it fairly infrequently.

Posted by: George at February 26, 2005 05:53 PM

Good points, George. I’ve added the statistics from your suggested spellings to the list. Indeed, ‘blogoversary’ now comes in third. Anyone else have spelling suggestions?

Oh, and I’ll be sure to check out your blog, George!

Posted by: Mark at February 26, 2005 06:22 PM

Congratulations on your blog…versary. I vote for bloggiversary on the following grounds:

Pronunciation: The default pronunciation of blogiversary would be blojiversary (see ‘logical’, ‘angiosperm’, ‘vigilance’, ‘cogitate’, etc.) Note that it is the ‘i’ that softens the ‘g’ — witness ‘logarithm’ and ‘nougat’.

Analogy: ‘Anniversary’ uses the Latin root of annus — ‘ann’ — and appends ‘iversary’. The Latin for blog would, presumably, be blogus, so the root would be ‘blog’, and appending ‘iversary’ would give us ‘bloggiversary’, the extra ‘g’ being added for pronunciation purposes.

Canadian nationalism: Let’s keep those double consonants! It’s ‘labelled’, not ‘labeled’!

I hope everyone is suficiently edified and swayed!


Posted by: Ian McMaster at February 26, 2005 10:08 PM

Congratulations, and Happy Birthday!

Sorry I’ll miss you at Kalamazoo — would be nice to meet, even if briefly —

but alas, I gotta go look at some more manuscripts, so I’m missing it.

Posted by: Anne at February 27, 2005 09:26 AM

Happy blo**versary. Good to have you back. Cheers

Posted by: Rethabile Masilo at February 28, 2005 07:21 AM

Hi Mark — I seem to have timed out on your other entries, so will be silent on blogggg-talk, since all seems to have been said, but look muchly forward to bits and pieces of appropriate old poetry (no translations needed for me!, she declares hubristically). Glad you’re going to Kalamazoo and also delivering a paper. Congrats!

Posted by: at March 2, 2005 06:58 PM

Oh, by the way, that was me.

Posted by: Susan at March 2, 2005 06:59 PM