Thursday, September 27, 2007

Shrinking The World Through Blogs

I've always enjoyed reading, going way back to my elementary school days. One of the highlights of school for me was getting the book order forms and seeing what kind of new adventures I could embark on through the magic of books. I would always devour every inch of the Weekly Reader, and would even be known to go through quite a large number of books in the library. Reading was always a way for me to escape the small northern Michigan town I grew up in and to discover magical places like Narnia, Camelot, the deep, dark continent of Africa, and yes, I would even go diving with Jacques Cousteau occasionally by reading articles about him and his exploits in various magazines.

Reading has always been a way for me to learn about new places and things, a way to crawl inside somebody elses head and to find out what makes them think and feel the way they do. I would disappear for hours on end in elementary school and junior high in my bedroom as I would read about the brand new adventures of going to the moon. I felt like I was actually a part of King Arthur's Round Table as I read about his adventures with Sir Lancelot. I believe that much of my formative education did not take place in schools, but rather sitting in my room pouring through hundreds and hundreds of books.

I still really enjoy sitting down with a good book and losing myself in it for hours on end. Now my tastes have changed to authors like John Grisham, Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy. But my main problem is finding the time to devote endless hours of just immersing myself in a book. That is a big part of the reason that I've come to really enjoy blogs. I can go through dozens of blogs and learn a wide variety of things in my spare time, 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there. Some of the blogs I read are just because I really enjoy the persons style of writing, such as Tami's Seaweed, Sand and Sunsets. Of course I also really enjoy her pictures as photography is becoming one of my newest interests. I also really enjoy reading Lewie's Swim, Bike, Run Saipan blog, partly because I work with Lewie and this gives me insight into the other side of him. But I'm also discovering that he's a great writer and has a real knack for putting some interesting things in his blog. I also enjoy reading my wife Kelli's - Kelli on Saipan blog. Believe it or not but I even learn a few things about her from reading her blog, and that's always a good thing.

But I also really enjoy discovering new people I've never met and their blogs. Such is the case with Kyle and Svetlana. He's an American married to a Russian living in Russia. Their blog tells about their interesting life and gives me a whole new perspective on some things. I met him through Link Referral and Blog Rush, and we've exchanged blog links. That's the cool thing about the internet is that it lets you meet people you never would have had access to any other way.

One of the comments I get all the time after new people have read my blog is "Thanks for showing me a brand new underwater world that I never would have experienced any other way". People can experience what I see diving every weekend just by reading my blog. The vast majority of them will never have the experiences I have or see the things I've seen, but now they can share in them through my blog.

Blog Rush is a tool that let's you check out different blogs whenever you feel like it. You'll see the widget for Blog Rush just below the About Me section on the right side of my blog. It will have several different blogs listed that you can click on and check out. It's a very cool way to discover what else is out there. It's also a great way to promote your blog to a much bigger audience that you might not have access to otherwise. If you'd like to sign up for Blog Rush, click on my widget where it says "add your blog posts for free". It only takes a minute or two to sign up and then you don't really have to do anything else. Reading is truly a great gift, and experiencing each others blogs can be a magical experience, have fun exploring!

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