I’m really glad that someone’s noticed the really alarming overuse of terms like random in weblog descriptions and that at least one other person has pointed out what a weird convention it is. Really, if words could stalk each other on Google there’d need to be a restraining order to keep “random” the fuck away from “blog.”
I suppose there was a time when online writing was such an unfamiliar concept that every site came with a standard kit of helpful title words to keep handy in case the wacky non-continuous first-person narrative made readers confused and dizzy and short of breath. But we’re kind of past that now, right? It’s like how the title pages of eighteenth-century novels needed all kinds of explanatory crap like Being An Account of The Youth & Schooling of Elias Suttcluffle & His Sundry Adventures Thereafter. Except not even as charming as that.
And while I think people ought to lay off the random just a little, I really think it’s high time the we purged the following words from blog titles, subtitles, tag lines and slogans: “musings,” “rantings,” “blatherings,” “meanderings,” “ponderings,” “thoughts” (when “random”), “snippets,” and, for Christ’s sake, “tidbits.”