Blogs: How to Find Blogs You Enjoy on the Web

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Blogs - frequently updated websites that can be from a personal or professional perspective - are some of the most interesting sources of content on the Web. In fact, we now have several words - including the word blog - that have entered our common lexicon, for example, "blogosphere", a term used to describe the millions of interconnected blogs on the Internet. The term was first used in late 1999 as a joke, and continued to be used sporadically as a humorous term for the next few years.

 The blogosphere is a way of describing the social creature that grows from a critical mass of blogs. - credit to WiseGeek

What do we find so fascinating about this content? What can you find in the world of blogs?  Blogs are all about personal, customized content – what you read is what you get.So how do you find the blogs you might be interested in? Here are a few different methods you can try.

If you use a feed reader, you can use the More Like This feature. Click on one of your subscriptions, then click "Feed Settings". The "More Like This" link will show up with blogs similar to the ones you are already subscribed to. Usually, these are arranged by category. For example, if you want to explore more blogs in the Technology category, you are shown a revolving list of the most popular blogs in that category. 

Use the related: search query. In Google, simply type in or whatever URL you are looking for, and Google will bring back a list of similar sites and blogs.

Use blog platforms. There are several blogging platforms - content managements systems - that offer free space for anyone who wants to start a blog. Blogger is a free blogging platform that offers millions of blogs in every conceivable subject. Once you've signed in for a free account, on your profile home page, you can browse "Blogs of Note", a constantly revolving buffet of interesting content.

You'll also want to check out Tumblr, a platform that provides users with a quickly customized online journal from which to share favorite links and content on the Web with other people. It's an easy to use blogging platform that gets users up and running with a minimum of fuss. It's especially popular for people who want something they can customize with little to no programming experience, and it's great for sharing all sorts of multimedia, fast. There are some pretty amazing people on Tumblr, and you can find some incredibly interesting content there.

But how do you find the people who are sharing the stuff you're interested in? There are a couple of ways to go about this. In order to get the most out of these tips, you'll need to be signed into Tumblr (registration and accounts are free); that way, you can get the "inside look" at how the search functions operate.

Use your Tumblr Dashboard. Within your dashboard are two immediate ways to browse other Tumblr blogs: "Explore Tumblr", which gives you a rotating list of people you might be interested in, and "Search Tags"; which brings back posts tagged with whatever you're looking for.

Search by email. You can use the Lookup Your Contacts page to find people you might know on Tumblr that have email addresses at Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, or MSN.

Use the Spotlight. The Spotlight features interesting people from a very long list of categories, ranging from Architecture to Writers.

Use a Google site search. You can search all of Tumblr simply by using this search "my search".

Use the Following search bar. Check out the Following dashboard, and you can search by URL, username, or email address.

Use a blogroll. Blogrolls are simply collections of links placed on a blog that the blogger enjoys and wants to recommend to you. If you have a favorite website, and that website is updated regularly by someone you follow, then chances are they have a list of blogs on that site that they would recommend to their readers.

This is a great way to discover content that you might not have otherwise known about, and best of all, it's recommended to you by someone you already follow and trust. 

Read a community site. There are many sites that invite the contributions of the community; these include Digg, Reddit, Metafilter, Popurls, and Lifehacker. Browse through the content on these sites and you most likely will find blogs that strike your fancy.