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Introducing the ABDPBT Glossary

Introducing the ABDPBT Glossary

I have already announced this on Personal Finance, but for those of you who don’t read over there, I’d like to call your attention to the new ABDPBT Glossary page. This comes at the suggestion of Kate, a Personal Finance lurker who is less versed in the ways of the mommy blogosphere. The idea behind the glossary is that, perhaps, we can expand the appeal of this blog beyond the usual suspects by allowing people to understand the kind of oblique references I make in my posts by allowing everyone to look up key terms instead of having to google furiously and come up dry for the various wink/nudge things with which I often pepper my writing.

Incidentally, sometimes I put wink/nudge things in my posts that are a combination of things or variations of things that actually happened — in those cases, you won’t be able to find an actual glossary reference because I am utilizing that literary technique that is a hallmark of the mommy blogger genre (hyperbole) to make a point. However, wherever possible, I will try to add references either within the posts themselves, or at the end of the posts, for those of you who want to try to figure out the references.

At present, there are only a few terms in the glossary. But I plan to add to it constantly. Please feel free to offer suggestions on what terms I should add, either in comments, or by email. I think the more you can do this, the better, because I will definitely overlook things that need to be explained. I have started putting glossary terms at the end of posts for newer readers who are trying to catch up so that they can go back to catch up on backstory if needed, and also, since I just realized that the links on this particular plugin do not show up in RSS feeds, I’ll include a direct link to the glossary page itself. I will continue to look for better glossary plugin options, but in the meantime this option works well while you are on the site at least, since it highlights glossary terms with both a link and a little folder thingy next to it.

Comments (9)

  1. Jul 2, 2010

    So… where’s the entry for the Ace of spades in the lemon?

  2. Jul 2, 2010

    That’s good, but how do I represent that in words, exactly?

  3. Jul 2, 2010

    First off, your glossary is fantastic, and thank you. The parent blogger community is infused with references to events and inside jokes, and the insideryness makes it hard for outsiders to have a clue what is going on or why.

    (And forgive the length of this. I don’t think I’ve ever commented on your blog before but your attempt to demystify some aspects of the mommy blogging world really inspired me.)

    A few suggestions for glossary expansions, new entries, or blog posts (if you have never posted about these before–though perhaps you don’t mean to define terms cyberspace-wide but keep it to your own insider references…).

    You could probably add a link to the “suck it” reference. Dooce followed up here http://www.dooce.com/node?page=5 with a “DC, part 3” entry, wherein she further explained the purpose of her attending the White House conference (as small business owner and employer).

    As a side note, which no one I’ve seen mention so far in reference to that controversy–the White House made a terrific choice in inviting Heather Armstrong to an event that she, among others, might not ever have heard about otherwise. She’s a blogger with a massive following. By inviting her, the WH gained coverage because Dooce–a celebrity–was practically guaranteed not only to bring more attention to the event itself but also to write about the conference and the issue. And inviting any blogger with a following similarly (though not with as much impact as Dooce) ensures more sympathetic coverage to an otherwise perhaps (yawn) policy matter that mainstream media might not otherwise report on, and would definitely give a more critical, “objective” view of (as journalists are trained to do), if it did cover it.

    Suggested entries (and/or blog posts):
    “mythical hobbit”/the Bloggess
    swag/swagola/BlogHer ’08 swag controversy
    #nikehatesbabies and issues raised by it (and use of Twitter to make inside jokes referring to big brands, and how big brands respond to this, especially among parent bloggers)
    mommyblogger–use of this term, what it means, who self-identifies with it, and how people who blog about parenting feel about it
    BlogHer, Mom 2.0 and the various conferences, who attends which, why certain ones (BlogHer, mostly, from what I’ve seen) tend to always have some negative “incident” that defines them to the outside world
    The New York Times and Mommybloggers, “Honey, Don’t Bother Mommy. I’m Too Busy Building My Brand” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/fashion/14moms.html, and similar brouhahas in which X media outlet writes about mommybloggers and causes a slew of blog posts (linkbait!) about how mainstream media a) is out of touch, b) is dying, c) is jealous, d) doesn’t get “the community,” etc. If you haven’t read the March NYT article and the blog posts it spawned, you should. Really illuminating. Maybe being in LA you aren’t as in touch with the sway the NYT holds on the East Coast?
    Blog With Integrity badges. Seems like an obvious topic for a finance blogger like you, and the history of the badges is worthy of analysis. At least a glossary entry for new bloggers to understand what is UP with the badges.

    I have more ideas and only share at length to provoke discussion here. But I’m happy to discuss other ideas with you by e-mail, if you’re interested. Though I’m sure you have more than enough material.

  4. Jul 2, 2010

    Oops. I think the swag controversy was BlogHer ’09. Not that I was there!

  5. Jul 2, 2010

    Could you put the picture itself in the glossary and write “the picture says it all.”

    The glossary looks really good. It might be fun to add something related to the Lady Gaga trolls.

    Forget my comments about facebook because if you pull the feeds there facebook people can see them but they tend to read posts within facebook which means they’re not on your real site with your sponsors.

  6. Jul 2, 2010

    It was BlogHer 2009, yes. I will add it to the list of stuff to add to the Glossary.

  7. Jul 2, 2010

    Thanks for the comment. I am limited by the technology here somewhat. The glossary does not allow me to put in html in the references, unfortunately, so I would like to put some of the links but for now I have to just put in the stupid addresses and people can copy and paste.

    Re: Dooce and the White House, we did actually acknowledge that angle at length during the original twitter controversy. My thought with the glossary was not really to illuminate every single aspect of every controversy, or even necessarily give a fair view — it’s my glossary, so it’s going to have my slant on things, take it or leave it. I mean, I don’t want to be totally unreasonable, but I’m not going to argue things point and counterpoint, either. The White House thing I already kind of thought was ridiculous, which is why I talked about it only twice on my regular blog and never on my PF blog. I don’t consider it to have been part of the “business of blogging.” There was no money involved. But when people say “suck it” or whatever, they should know, that’s what we’re talking about usually, especially if it’s to me, Jonniker or Sundry, or in reference to Dooce.

    Re Conferences, good, thanks. Good idea. And that illustrates, again, why the glossary cannot be an unbiased thing, it’s just impossible. I will give my take on what the differences between them are, but they will be offensive to people, pretty much guaranteed, and people will not agree with me, so you have to take that with a grain of salt. But also realize, that nobody else will probably be willing to give you a glossary. So, you know, take what you can get. 🙂

    All of the NYT debacles, yes. Those are good. The NYT is the paper of record out here as well, but since we are so jaded by being subject to east coast bias in everything, we just don’t care as much, I guess. Or maybe I just don’t care as much, or maybe I am just more able to laugh at things? Or I am more cynical? Or I am more able to say, “Hey, you drink alcohol out of sippy cups, then you deserve it?” I don’t know. I’m really not sure the difference is geographical, though — I think I’m just kind of like this.

    Badges. Oh boy. That’s a good one. And Blog With Integrity. The Badge That Compels One To Blog With Integrity.

    I have started a spreadsheet because obviously I’m not going to get this all done in one day.

  8. Jul 2, 2010

    Well, naturally it’s your glossary and your take. That’s what I come for. And who else is doing one? Maybe you’ll spawn competing glossaries; it’ll be a whole new revenue stream for bloggers.

    In journalism (my world), it’s often said there’s a dearth of “explainers.” Those stories that just lead you through the new health-insurance bill, etc. It’s a much-needed type of story, but not so exciting for journalists to write. However, by virtue of having a perspective and voice, your glossary can be both fun to write and fun to read. Except it is a big job and a spreadsheet sounds like the way to go.

    I hope you tell people (again) that it’s here–since, as you said, holiday weekend, many won’t discover it for a while.

  9. Jul 2, 2010

    Oh, they know it’s here. LOL. You should see my pageviews right now. Holiday weekend or not. But I will continue to announce it just in case, because I’m updating it a bunch and finally figured out how to cross reference, so it’s getting a little bit better.

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