I first started blogging in August of 2003 on LiveJournal.com. My blog there is titled "It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times". Most of the times it seemed that the only person I was writing to was myself or a couple of faithful friends that would stop by on occasion and my writing was, at best, sporadic for awhile there. I missed almost an entire year in 2005 which could certainly be considered pathetic by anyone's standards!
In July of 2006 I was offered the chance to write a blog that was linked to via a Blogs page at NorwichBulletin.com, the online version of our local newspaper here in Norwich. I was ecstatic as I saw this as my chance to finally have an audience for my writing; I might actually get some interaction with readers! Woohoo!
I blogged happily away for some time getting decent numbers for page hits but only the occasional comments from friends and co-workers. I was a bit confused as it seemed to me that if people were reading my blog then they might actually want to comment once in awhile but I was lucky if I could get ten comments on a post. Perhaps I was doing something wrong?
Then one night while hitting the "next blog" button and cruising through other people's blogs I came across The Bestest Blog of All Time by Bobby Griffin. This blog was touted as "the bestest place to find great blogs" and had a link on how to add your own blog to the directory. This seemed like just what the doctor had ordered so I wasted no time in signing up and becoming part of the directory. And - wow - look at that, if you're listed, they will come! Before I knew it I had people visiting my page and leaving actual honest-to-God comments! So of course I had to go read their pages and the rest, as they say, is history.
Since joining "Bestest Blog" I have become addicted to some really good blogs: if I need a good laugh I can go to Bobbarama, The Dating Profile of the Day, or the WTIT Tape Radio Blog. The Curmudgeon and Gem-osophy provide me with some thought-provoking posts that are oftentimes sprinkled with humor; if I'm in need of a meme or two I can stop by and visit the Queen of Memes at Mimi Writes while Duward's Discussion is perfect for my history fix. Sgt Dub blogs from where he proudly serves our country in Afghanistan and Sarge Charlie, an honored veteran, never fails to get my patriotic blood flowing with his blog. For great moments in motherhood I need to look no further than CrAzY Working Mom and Ephiphany Alone; while Callie Ann, Dixie, Becci, Empress Bee, and Skittles also help to feed my daily addiction to all things blog. God save the Queen and thank goodness that I have Claire in England to offer counseling help!
These blogs are just the tip of the iceberg, a very small part of the very big Blogosphere that I never knew existed on the Internet until recently. Wikipedia reports that Technorati was tracking over 60 million blogs as of November 2006 and I've no doubt that number grows by leaps and bounds each day. If I don't get myself under control, I'm afraid that I may feel the need to visit them all!
But with all those great blogs out there, is it any wonder that I've become a blogaholic and spend way too many hours each day reading them? Despite my best intentions to step away from the blogs, I just can't seem to help myself and since becoming a two-computer family it's gotten worse as I no longer have to share the computer with Amanda and can indulge my addiction for hours on end taking breaks only long enough to eat, sleep, or go to work (well, with a few other things thrown in there also!).
What's a girl to do? I admit it, I'm weak ... I need help ... but maybe later ... there are some really good posts over at Dayngrous Discourse I just gotta go read ...
*(one who likes blogs to excess and compulsively feels the need to read them)