Daily Archives: August 9, 2012

From Rebecca: Reading blogs

Hi, Joe’s readers. Joe has been doing this blog for a while now, with me typing what he dictates and helping him with editing for almost every entry. This has been a great experience for me, and lets me see the behind-the-scenes nuts and bolts of a blog. I love reading blogs and I follow a few regularly.

I started reading blogs about ten years ago when I got a library job where I checked out laptops to patrons and answered their questions, and could use the computer in between patrons. I worked one or two over-nights a week, so I had a lot of time to fill. I checked out blogs, web comic strips, and sent e-mails. Over time, I had a long list of websites I would regularly visit and people I would keep up on through their works. When I lost the job, I also lost touch with most of the sites. But I retained a few that I still visit and love.

I enjoy reading different viewpoints, and when a blog has a strong thriving community of commenters who respect each other and the host(ess), my mind is challenged in a good way. I feel like I am hanging out with a bunch of people who are talking about cool things. Often, the host(ess) will refer to some event or hot topic that other bloggers are writing about, and add a link to the source material or another blogger. I have found some interesting bloggers by following the links and reading a different voice. I feel plugged in to a larger community when I do that.

I do admit that I am a lurker, reading what the host(ess) writes and other people add to the topic without leaving a comment of my own. I just never got in the habit of adding my opinion or commenting. I feel too shy, which is so funny considering how strongly I share my opinion in real life.

The blogs I follow the most are Tor’s tor.com, John Scalzi’s whatever.scalzi.com, Carrie Vaughn’s carriev.wordpress.com, and Wil Wheaton’s wilwheaton.typepad.com. Your taste may not be my taste though, and there are so many out there, ready to be explored.

I talked to Joe and he is having a lot of fun. Keekee is fine, and was really clingy to me today. Cat hair everywhere as I pet her a lot!

P.S. I wrote this last Tuesday but due to circumstances, I wasn’t able to post it until today. Technology … Grrr!