My blog originated January 2010 with the intent to maintain a journal of our travels and our retirement lifestyle. The intended audience was (1) for my husband and me, (2) friends and family, and (3) individuals surfing the blogs for common interests (new friends). An unexpected byproduct was improving my writing skills and creativity.
I enjoy reading other blogs for new ideas, information and a different perspective on how others choose to exist. Some individuals will write a daily account of their day. It is fun to “live” that life by reading the daily posts.
Here are a few of the blogs that have me coming back day after day:
Serendipitous – like a daily quote calendar. Always a pretty photo and a short quip. Written by a teacher in the New England area. Nothing mind blowing, but a nice way to start the day. http://chune123.blogspot.com/
The Gardener’s Cottage – an over 50 lifestyle blogger who has great style (home, gardening, and fashion). She follows the Project 333 plan for fashion and buys most all her clothing second hand. Very inspiring. http://www.thegardenerscottage.blogspot.com/
Stephmodo – Lots of creative ideas for everyday living. Plus, Stephanie and her husband (and they have three small kids) bought and restored a medieval stone cottage in Beynac, France. They live in Seattle and visit France occasionally—they rent the cottage for a reasonable price. All a great read and I have no idea where she finds the energy and time to get this all accomplished. http://www.stephmodo.com/
Zero Waste Home – I became very aware of overflowing landfill issues when we moved to the Olympic Peninsula. This blog is a true motivator to survive with less and reduce our carbon footprint. A little extreme at times, but hey, sometimes that is what is needed to change our ways. http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/
The Last Wilderness – Lots of photos and information about kayaking and interesting places on the Olympic Peninsula. We truly love nature and being in the great outdoors. You can tell this guy feels the same way. http://lastwilderness.blogspot.com/
Wikipedia definition: A blog is a discussion or information site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first. Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often were themed on a single subject. More recently "multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, interest groups and similar institutions account for an increasing proportion.
Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries; yet still others function more as online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or "vlogs"), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.
As of 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.