We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous... lets see what is on the mind of the Samizdata people.

Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]


1. noun. A list of links in the sidebar of a blog, often linking to other blogs. Also: blog roll.

2. . A blog link management system such as www.blogrolling.com

Also see: Sidebar links


noun. The totality of blogs; blogs as a community.

However, the term is sometimes used to mean the totality of just warblogs (qv), or pundit blogs (qv) rather than the entire blogosphere (qv).

Also see: blogosphere, blogiverse


noun. See blogosphere.


noun. A blog connoisseur.


noun. The blog hosting servers operated by blogger.com. More blogs are hosted on blogspot than anywhere else.


1. noun. To be unable to think of anything to blog about, i.e. writer’s block for bloggers.

2. noun. To be unable to post an article on your blog because blogger.com is down yet again.

(meaning 2. coined by Jim Treacher)


noun. When you just don’t give a damn about posting in your blog that day.

(coined by Michele Catalano)


noun. The blogosphere (qv) intelligentsia.


noun. A reader who infests the comment section of a weblog, disagreeing with everything posted in the most obnoxious manner possible.

(coined by Stacy Tabb)


Barking moonbat

noun. Someone on the extreme edge of whatever their -ism happens to be.

(coined by Perry de Havilland)

Usage:“Definition of a ‘barking moonbat’: someone who sacrifices sanity for the sake of consistency”
-Adriana Cronin

Although the term (often rendered simply as ‘Moonbat’) is very popular with conservative and libertarian bloggers who appropriately use it to describe the Chomskyite Left, it was always intended as a much more ecumenical epithet and has been correctly used to describe certain paleo-conservative and paleo-libertarians views. (also see ‘idiotarian’).

Note: Contrary to some speculation and entries on Wikipedia (which constantly change to reflect the prevailing wind of the day it seems), Perry de Havilland has stated it was was not originally a play on the last name of George Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian, as he was using the term long before he met or had even heard of Mr. Monbiot.

Blog Digest

noun. A blog regularly that reports on or summarizes a number of other blogs, typically on a daily basis. Blog Digests are extremely useful but as they are difficult to sustain, unfortunatly tend to have short operational lives. Also: Digest blog.


noun. A concept or point within an article on a blog that is not quite grandiose enough to be a ‘meme’.

(coined by Brian Micklethwait)