I love blogs. I love them because regular people have them. And regular people are, simply put, amazing. I read the NY Times everyday and sometimes check in with the Boston Globe. However, the most joy I have during the course of a day is when I sit down and read other people’s blogs. Today, Saturday, for instance, has been one of the most pleasurable days on the web I’ve had in a long time. I woke up early this morning, having slept most of the afternoon and evening away yesterday because of the rain and how exhausted I was all week. I made myself a cup of coffee and sat quite happily down to check in on all the blogs on my blogroll. All of them. Not many people updated, but a few did, and I left comments on quite a few blogs and found some other good ones by checking out links.
This one, for instance, is a great blog. It’s written by a guy (Dave) who is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer that he was diagnosed with this past summer. I was led to his blog by reading Poop and Boogies, one of the funniest blogs I’ve read in a while. There’s another blog like this, that I learned about from my friend Nate’s blog (tellhimfred.com) called the Bright Side Blog, and written by a woman named Ruth Peterson who lives in the Boston area and is part of the band Ruth.
I read about the monks in Myanmar from San Francisco-based Holly on one of my favorite blogs, Nothing But Bonfires, and was deeply saddened by the soon-to-be demise of a recent favorite indiebloggers.org where some of my essays were published this month. I checked in with Utah Dooce and Whoorl for updates on their parenting adventures and on hairstyles, and saw a video about carion beetles on my friend Rich’s science blog, Omniscopic. Catherine, recently relocated to Alaska, has put a challenge out there for her readers, a challenge that will make us kinder and more thoughtful people, and Sangroncito is lamenting some of the troubles of living in the tropical paradise otherwise known as Bahia, Brazil.
Check out some of these sites today and see what you think. There are some really good writers and really amazing lives out there. While I can find out about the world from the NY Times and the Globe, it’s so much more interesting to read about the people in the world, don’t you agree?