One of the main reasons I try to blog every day is that as I get older I find it a very useful way of disciplining myself. I have to switch the computer on and I have to think of something to write about. Reading and answering other people's blogs is the easy bit; sometimes it is hard to think of anything to write about oneself though.
I have always written. In my teaching days I used to write articles for educational publications and also the odd article for a magazine. Once I retired I lost interest in doing this so it was really very refreshing for me to be able to pick up where I left off and think about something to write each day.
I think we gather around us other bloggers who have similar interests and this helps to generate discussions (and disagreements) and makes us really think about issues. I expect that like me you think of the bloggers you blog with and remember them for perhaps one thing. John I always remember for his humour and his animal escapades and these articles he writes are often peppered with days when we learn of his work with Samaritans or we learn stories of his old nursing life. Cro puts on delicious recipes (with photographs) and tells us such a lot about living in France. Tom writes (often tongue in cheek) about his working life in Bath. At the moment Rachel, having already taken us through the World Cup, is taking the hard work out of us watching the Tour de France. From Derek I learn interesting details about the life of a Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey and from Sue life in Suffolk, and the difficulties of living through the illness and death of a dearly beloved husband. And so it goes on.
Where else could we have these sorts of conversations, giving support where we can, forming virtual friendships with people of like minds - and all from the comfort of our armchairs?