I was talking to my mom about blogs the other day. Now, for a fifty-something mom, she's pretty darned hip. In fact, she's really hip. Until I moved to Chicago, she had taken me to every rock concert I'd ever been to. In addition to that, she manages to be techno-savvy too: She's got a way nicer computer than I do and it has many bells and whistles. But explaining blogs to her? What with the "what do you like about them?" questions. It was difficult.
What do I like about blogs? Well, the first blog I had ever read, Mamalogues, led me to several other blogs. At first they were mostly mommyblogs. Then I got into political blogs and then the local blogs. With each blog I add, I think I stop reading two or three. (Man, can blogs be a time suck!) Lately, my list of blogs has been very refined. It's mostly people who talk about their everyday lives, whether they're moms, singles or young marrieds... I just love learning about new people. (I do have a special place in my heart for other crazy cat ladies... but you all know that.) In general, the blogs I read are by nice people (even if they're snarky) who are damned funny.
I think I started blogging for that connection to other people. As I've mentioned before, my BFF is many miles away. In fact, my three closest friends live in DC, California and St. Louis. Needless to say I don't get to see them much. Connecting with them is really important to me. But the added benefits of "meeting" other people - WOW! - it was really unexpected.
What about you? What types of blogs - not necessarily specific blogs - do you gravitate toward? And also, why did you start blogging?