Perhaps, I think, that could be one of the reasons I have been encountering longer periods of blogger's block. Could it be possible that I have revealed it all? Do I really have nothing left to say?
A couple of days ago I decided to broaden the scope of my bloggy neighborhood. It's time, I thought, to wander beyond the safe boundaries of my tried and true reading list. Exposure to new blogs might be inspiring.
With millions of other blogs available, though, I wasn't sure how was I going to navigate past the comfortable familiararity of my corner and venture out onto the Blogabahn.
Blogger, which is the app I use as my blogging tool, has a search feature which allows you to view the "next blog". There seems to be an attempt to narrow the blog selections down to what "Blogger" thinks may interest the searcher.
The search box displays at the top of my personal blog's home page.
It looks like this:
Most of the blogs that came up for me were about knitting or sewing. Five out of ten "next blogs" were not kept up to date. A few had not been updated in years. I am a knitter but, I don't sew. And anyway, I already follow several knitting blogs.
I can't specifically or even generally explain why one blog will attract my attention over another. I do know that I most likely will take a pass on "mother's of young children" blogs, blogs about video games or posts in which the author reviews movies or books in infinite detail.
So, then I tried a generic google search and after several layers of links I actually did manage to find a couple of new blogs to add to my list.
One of the blogs which I found addicting was Margie's Musings. Her posts are written in the style of a daily journal recording her mundane daily activities. I suppose it's a little like peeking through the neighbor's window. I wondered who Bob was and why he didn't come to dinner last night. I hope Margie is feeling better today, she had a stomach thing last night.
The most unusual blog I happened upon was one titled "Phil In The Blank". His "About Me" was certainly intriguing.
For sure it was the "how to draw camels" that drew me in.
I did leave a comment on two of my new blog discoveries and got a reply and a return visit from one, titled “Grace Found Daily”.