This topic was actually suggested by Ryan: I’d like to read more about your Blogroll. What interests you about writing/reading blogs? What kind of information can you get from reading a blog that you can’t in a daily paper or traditional media Web site? Things to that nature.
I wanted to take my time to devote to this entry because I think Ryan asks a couple of really REALLY good questions.
First Ryan asks what interests me about writing/reading blogs. I will start with writing. I write this blog because I naturally have an overwhelming need to write things down. I personally believe it was a desire I was born with. My mom said that when I was three I asked my parents to teach me to write. My dad sat down and made a border around my desk with the alphabet and I would sit there and practice writing letters. So I was obviously compelled to write at even a young age. I even doodle words more than pictures…and I am a big doodler let me tell you. Anyway- not a lot of people around me are NASCAR fans so that is how NASCAR wound my way into my blog…then people started responding to the NASCAR stuff so I have extended my friend base- thus I keep writing about NASCAR…but I try very hard not to limit it to NASCAR because a lot of the people who read me with any regularity come here from before I even started writing about NASCAR on my blog.
Now- what interests me about reading blogs. Most of the blogs I read are personal blogs. I use it as a way to keep up with friends both virtual and real world ones. Some of these people I knew before (Like ETS) blogging or I use to know in real like and have reconnected with (Like Andrea). Some I met through blogging (almost all the rest!). Most of these people I relate to in someway or another. Lisa for instance likes NASCAR. Janet loves cooking and takes tremendous photos that I love to look at (especially the ones about cooking) and is always up to something- plus she has two adorable dogs! Bill is a musician and I like his writing and hearing about his family and his gigs- plus he got me into the MI-5 meme circle. Pete I actually met through ETS- we have similar political values and I love that he is such a smart(ass) guy- plus he hosts badgroove so I love him for that right there.
I do read motorsport (mostly NASCAR) blogs as well just to see what people are writing about and to know what people are thinking in the community about certain topics. Others I read purely for the rumor factor…which you always have to take with a healthy serving of salt. Then there is a third category of informative blogs. For instance- I read THE NASCAR INSIDERS because it gives me a total insiders perspective on NASCAR related happenings – often times in a way that I have never thought of before.
I think it is an important skill to have in today’s society to know the difference between a reputable news/information site and a blog. I read both and I am pretty darn sure I can asertain the difference between what is actual news and what is something that is opinion or rumor.
I don’t read a newspaper much anymore. I farm most of my news from internet sites like CNN, MSNBC, and my local news websites. For NASCAR news I stick to nascar.com, foxsports and yahoo sports. I am so much of a news right now kind of person. Plus the television media is so depressing sometimes…I hate to even watch. Using the internet I can choose which stories I want to read and which I don’t. Plus I like having all the information before the paper so when my mom calls me at work to tell me something I can roll my eyes and say “That is such old news Mom!” and then giggle to myself!
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