Tom Stephenson on his post yesterday queried reasons for blogging and why some posts are more popular than others. It is an interesting subject and I have been giving it a bit of thought since reading his post.
Why indeed do some of us blog? I suppose we all have different reasons. I blog because I have a need to write. In my working days I wrote for various educational publications. I would visit some site of interest - I lived in the Midlands then and there were lots of places to visit - and then write about it from an educational angle. After retirement I would write for one or two magazines - mostly articles about foreign travel - China, Russia, Samarkand for example. But now I no longer go long distances and I no longer have that much interest in education, but I do still have an interest in writing and I don't want to let it moulder.
As to whose blogs I choose to read. There are various reasons - I love to read about the American way of life so I have quite a few American and Canadian posts that I enjoy (the farmer loves it over there and always says that if he had been younger when we began to go to Canada he would have started farming over there). I love Heather's posts (Ragged Old Blogger) because for many years I did a lot of handwork of various kinds and her work is exquisite- each book she makes and shows on her blog makes me green with envy. I enjoy going round Derek's (Letters from Sheppey) because he walks round a reserve and I enjoy the wildlife he talks about. I read Rachel's blog (Rachel in the Ukraine) because we have had our ups and downs but are pretty firmly fixed as virtual friends.
Cro (Magnon's Meanderings) puts some delicious recipes on his blog and I often try them. John (Going Gently) takes me round his village or involves me in the doings of his various menagerie and provides me with a laugh most days. Others - too numerous to mention but all on my side bar blog roll - take me on countryside journeys, or visit ancient churches or remains.
So, if you have time, and feel like an adventure without moving from your chair, you could do worse than scroll through my blog roll and read them all. You may well find a few new virtual friends lying in wait there.