As a writer I have no trouble at all writing for a blog. But, there is more to successful blogging then just typing out a few witty lines and posting them from your blackberry. Granted, the vast majority of bloggers will do just that, but the other side to blogging is reading blogs and interacting with their authors.
Nearly everyone has quite specific interests in life and chances are that however obscure these are that there are others who share those interests in common. It is equally as likely that some of them blog about it, so it follows that there will be a blog or two about it online somewhere, a place to share information and experiences that relate to commonly shared interests.
I do a lot of research for my writing and so I have spent many hours trolling through search engine lists on every topic imaginable. The sheer amount of data available staggering, often insurmountable, but I have found that most of the time I can find a few bloggers who have made a detailed study of a subject for which I have a passing and cursory interest, and that their blogs on their subject have allowed me to get to the heart of the matter in a trifle rather than having to laboriously dredge through piles of books searching for small references and so forth. In turn I have had readers of my own blog comment that the information that I have published has done the same for them.
Most importantly though, I enjoy reading through other blogger’s thoughts. I appreciate the time and the passion that many of them commit to their pages and then freely give away for public consumption and criticism. In a way blogging represents the spirit of the wwweb as a mechanism for people to share with one another and to build a genuine community.
These are some of my favorite blogs at the moment:
a great blog with the inside information about agents and publishers for writers.
an entertaining commentary on crime fiction and films.
often insightful and always interesting blog on modern culture.