This, of course, was nearly a decade ago, and blogging has developed quite extensively since then. I myself keep up with a number of blogs covering different topics. Perezhilton.com provides me with hours of gossip about my favorite and least favorite celebrities. Brobible.com shares humorous and useless information and news for the college-aged kids entertainment. A personal favorite of mine is BrianJayStanley.com (Aphorisms and Paradoxes) which is an individuals inspiring and intellectual collection of thoughts and observations. Aside from these I read random fitness and fashion blogs as well as an assortment of lifestyle, photography, music, or quotation blogs that pop up on google. Most of the blogs I read are fairly well-known, main-stream sites, and the authors and founders typically profit from my viewing their pages. However, I have, in my experience, come across quite impressive and inspiring blogs by individuals who merely post for personal pleasure or hobby. In fact, I have come across frightening blogs chronicling the daily lives of anorexic females or blatantly racist males. A country in support of free speech, blogs allow individuals to share their thoughts with the world, or maybe more realistically any person meandering around the pages of the web that comes across it.
While there are creepy and uncomfortable exceptions to the case, I believe blogging is a healthy and interesting way for people to share their emotions, hobbies, ideas, and experiences in a safe an interactive manner. It is difficult, though, to differentiate blogs from non-blogs with sites such as textsfromlastnight.com and collegeacb.com. The former consists of user-sent information, sorted through and posted by the site owners and the latter is a sort of anonymous chatroom based on college campuses. I suppose neither of these could be truly called a blog, since neither is a string of postings by a specific or multiple specific writers. However, site like this are allowing consumers more and more to become producers of their own favorite webpages.