Jean and the Blogosphere

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Last July, when GRIT launched its new website, and writing a blog was added to our editorial duties, my little heart skipped a beat.

Me, write a blog? No way!

My cyberspace experience was limited to online searches, both personal and for work, and reading a few fan message forums. I’d even managed to post on those forums once or twice, but I was still fairly leery of the whole process. To say the least, I was a complete novice. Although, my friend and colleague Jenn Nemec told me then and continues to tell me that I know more than I think I do, and sometimes I even believe her.

Then came The Open Book, and how my life has changed!

Nowadays, my first task at work (after turning on the computer) is to check the latest posts from our great Grit bloggers, then go through the list of blogs I’ve built up since July and visit for a while.

Several of our familiar voices leave comments on my posts. You’ll notice that Cindy (A Lakeside View), Lori (News from the Nest in Rural Pennsylvania) and Debbie (As My Garden Grows) often comment. And now, Fiona (Homesteading Tales from Rowangarth Farm) has joined the fray. Many thanks for your input and encouragement, gang.

Of course, Hank, Jenn, Caleb and K.C. can often be found voicing their opinions after my posts.

While many of the blogs I visit are for my reading pleasure only, there are a couple of the bloggers with whom I’ve struck up conversations. For instance, check out Dave’s blog Luna Pier Cook. Dave talks food, and I stop in every morning to see what new culinary delight he’s spotlighting that day. We’ve exchanged comments, both on his blog and on this one, and more than a few e-mails. He’s graciously posted on our forum for the Great Potato Salad Debate, and you can find his recipe for German-Polish Oven-Roasted Potato Salad in the January/February Recipe Box, “Make the Best Potato Salad.” He surprised me by posting about it on Luna Pier Cook. And I’m counting on his help with our Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cookoff.

Then there’s Pop Culture Curmudgeon, AKA Jen, with whom I share a love of movies and television, particularly Supernatural on the CW. We’ve talked about the Winchester boys on several occasions, and I suspect we’ll have lots to talk about in the future. She doesn’t focus strictly on TV shows; her posts range from updates on the digital conversion to the latest salvo by Stephen King against another author to a tender treatise on the estrangement between fathers and daughters. Jen, I may not always comment, but I always read!

My other favorite haunts include The Park Bench (“a gathering place for nerdy women”), TV Squad (one of the places I enjoy reading recaps and comments on episodes), The Movie Blog (“The Official Home of Correct Movie Opinions” always offered freely and often with tongue planted firmly in cheek), Roger Ebert’s reviews and journal (I enjoy his take on movies and the world), Wil Wheaton’s WWdN: In Exile (a lot of the gaming stuff goes over my head, but his writing is so great!), the daily comic strip for Sheldon (by Dave Kellett, who also includes posts on everything under the sun), TV Gal (“Keeping the World Safe for Primetime” and other TV tidbits), and io9 (“Strung Out on Science Fiction” and “We Come from the Future”, which includes a vast array of weirdness and fun).

So there’s a glimpse into my little corner of the blogosphere. Comments welcome, as always. And don’t hesitate to visit my favorites – tell ’em Jean sent ya!

Any other blogs I need to be checking out?