ABDPBT Glossary

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ABDPBT stands for All But Dissertation Pretzel Brain Twist. You can read the backstory here.

2. adorable in person

One day, Dooce decided to show up in my comment section. After we all regained consciousness from the shock, we had an interesting discussion about a variety of topics, including hypothetical things that might happen if Heather Armstrong were ever to move to Los Angeles. One of the things that might happen, Heather Armstrong claimed, was that she might invite me over for sweet tea. After meeting me in February of 2010 at the Mom 2.0 conference in Houston, Heather Armstrong said she found me to be "adorable in person."

3. Amalah

Amy Storch, a blogger who writes the popular blog www.amalah.com. Also a co-founder and co-owner of MamaPop.com and a contributor at several other blogs (e.g. Alphamom.com, Washingtonian).

4. attention seeking

This is a common pejorative used in the mommyblogosphere to describe . . . uh, to describe mostly my posts, now that I think about it. Occasionally, you will hear the term applied to the posts of other people as well, when they are thought to be trying to say outrageous things only to get attention.

See also: linkbait, linkbait taintface

5. authenticity

Authenticity was the buzzword of the early summer of 2010 in the mommyblogosphere, when blog posts extolled the virtues of audiences needing to get a piece of your authentic self from your writing in order to become invested in the narrative of a blog. The notion of there being one "authentic self" that might be conveyed was not usually thought of as being problematic by most readers.

6. Babble lists

Babble is a website that discusses kids and parenting issues and features some staff writers who are well known in the mommyblogosphere. Periodically, when they want to boost their traffic, they will release some kind of "Best of" list relating to the mommyblogosphere, e.g. the "Top 50 Mommybloggers" list and the "Top 50 Twitter Moms" list. The lists always create some kind of buzz in the mommyblogosphere, either because people are angry to not have been included, or because people want to draw attention to the fact that they were included on the list.

7. badges

Oh, but the mommies love their badges. They've got badges for integrity, badges for Walmart, badges for memes, badges for carnivals, badges for ads, badges for charities, badges for speaking, badges for not speaking, badges for support, badges for anything you can think of. Want to belong? Prove it by posting a badge. All you need is a copy of Photoshop and you can make a 125x125 pixel badge club of your own. I'm really not sure what the deal is with the badges. It's like a virtual version of handbags.

See also: Blog With Integrity, integrity

8. BHJ

The blogger formerly known as (B)lack (H)ockey (J)esus, who now blogs at The BHJ and for MamaPop.

See also: Jesus Christ LancaStar

9. Bilderberg

The Bilderberg Group is "is an annual, unofficial, invitation-only conference of around 130 guests, most of whom are people of influence in the fields of politics, banking, business, the military and media. Each conference is closed to the public." This year, as I was thinking about the Mighty Summit, and trying to figure out how I felt about it, I decided that I did not have a problem with the abstract concept of it because it was kind of like the mommyblogosphere's (or a fusion of the mommy-, design- and lifestyle-blogospheres') version of the Bilderberg Group. An annual meeting-of-the-minds of power players in an industry is not offensive, really, in and of itself -- and if you think about it, it is smart on the part of the organizers because it ensures that they will always be able to get to know whomever is "up and coming" in the sphere. So, no, I don't have a problem with the concept of it in the abstract.

The problem I have with it has more to do with where it deviates from the Bilderberg Group's privacy policy. Bilderberg is meticulous about guarding its secrets -- it's usually very difficult to figure out exactly who went to the conference on any given year, much less what was discussed or what people ate or what was given out in swag bags (if there are any). The thing that is problematic about the Mighty Summit for me is the privilege that is publicized about it (and probably has to be, since it is corporate-funded), on Twitter, Flickr, and the blogs of participants. It is OK with me that the participants get all the stuff, and it's OK with me that they do it, but I think it's damaging to them to show it the way they do, because I think the people at home tend to resent it. It would be like, say, building a country club in the middle of a town where not everyone can afford to join, and then setting up big HDTV screens on the outside of it so that everyone can see what exactly is going on inside, so they understand precisely the nature of what they are missing. I'm just not comfortable with that aspect of it.

See also: Broad Summit, Mighty Summit

10. bitches

When I use this, it is usually at the end of an address, e.g., "It's time to talk tough, bitches." I am really not sure what the derivation of this is. It's one of those internet things. I don't really think you all are bitches. Really only some of you are.

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