One of the blessings (and, occasionally, "curses") of becoming one with the Blog Borg, is that you not only wind up writing a lot more, but you also read a heckuva lot more than you ever did before.
Ever since I started using TypePad for blogging, I've been writing daily. In fact, since the beginning of June, I've only missed one day of blogging. With my old static HTML blog, there was only one month out of seven years in which I posted every day; and that was a chore. What I'm doing now equates, in my book, to ridiculous dedication to the fine art of blogging. It's sick. Plain and simple. But I do it because I love it.
But, even more than writing, I love the communities that you wind up becoming a part of when you blog and people start to discover you and vice versa. Via links on people's sites and in comments, I have met a bunch of new people and started to read a ton more blogs than I ever thought I would.
Right now, I'd like to take a moment to recognize some of those blogs that I enjoy on a regular basis. No blushing.
I've gotta start with Blogography. There's just no way around it. Dave is one of the best and he is also the one that convinced me to come over to the Dark Side and ditch my static HTML ways in favor of Blogware. Dave is prone to talking about his general observations of life and pop culture and does so with a great sense of humor and insight. Plus, he's got some of the greatest photographs and self-made cartoons which really bring his stories to life.
Another personal favorite of mine is A Mind Awake. Johnny C is a good guy and quite humorous to boot. You never know what to expect on his site and it is that sense of mystery that keeps me coming back. Plus, we're eerily alike in more ways than either of us would probably want to admit. And you just gotta love the Super Mario Bros banner on his site.
I would be remiss to not talk about SJ at Chronic Listaholic. You know all the memes I do? Many of them wind up coming from her. That's her entire site... lists... hence the name. But what I like about her site is that she tends to take them a step further and add some custom questions to each meme to make it a bit more interesting. Right now, she's taking a month off as she participates in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). If you'd like to follow her progress, you can do so at YoMoMyLi ("Your Money Or My Life").
Run Jen Run is a relative newcomer to my Befriend Me list. Jen is a fellow Chicagoan (although she is Chicago proper) who has a very fun way of presenting her life in blog form. And, damn if her photo contests don't just rock. I have yet to win one, but, so help me, I shall!!!!
Would you like to read something with a little bite? Then check out mrjerz.org. Actually, he's a bit more multifaceted than most of us as he not only maintains a blog, but also has a great Podcast that I listen to on a regular basis. And, remember, just because it has "Pod" in the name doesn't mean that you need an iPod to listen to his Podcasts. You can tune in right on your computer.
I don't remember how I found Humanity Critic, but I'm glad I did. Talk about a man with issues. On any given day, he might discuss fantasies he has had, fights he was in, or reminisce about the good ol' days. But his brutal honesty is completely refreshing and I think his therapist thinks so, too, as it sounds like s/he refers to his site for some of the truth in the matter as well.
Two other recent additions to my Befriend Me list are Sandra at InternalMonoblog and Alissa at I Found A Fatal Flaw in the Logic of Love. I could easily have dedicated a paragraph to each, but they are both such good friends and seemingly inseparable (in a virtual sense), I felt it more appropriate to list them together. I'm sure they'd both agree.
Finally, a new member to the blogosphere is kilax at ilaxSTUDIO. Kim is an architecture student at Iowa State and her site does a great job of displaying her flair for design. It's quite unique. Typically, one of the curses of being a great designer is that you have no ability to express yourself in words (be they written or spoken). Kim has shattered that perception. Plus, I think we've got her hooked to the point where she's posting nearly every day.
While the bloggers listed above are my most common reads and the sites I always wind up visiting first, they are not the only ones I read. There are several other, more commercial sites I read on a daily basis. Plus, I have a list of sites that I've just picked up on very recently. This list includes Shane at Nickerblog; Magazine Man at Somewhere on the Masthead; Paul at Words for my Enjoyment; and the granddaddy of blogging, Wil Wheaton (currently in exile from his usual site).
Yeah, so this is a bit of a cop-out post. I apologize. But, these are great reads and I wanted to share them. Better luck tomorrow, I hope.
(November 23, 2005 - For whatever reason, I went back and re-read this post and discovered that I did a horrible job of proofing before I posted. For this, I apologize. For this post reappearing in your RSS aggregators as though it's a new post, I apologize again. But, I'm a perfectionist and needed to go back and right my wrongs.)