Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Who are the bloggers in your neighborhood?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you hit the “Next Blog” button on the top of your Blogger page? Me too! Have you been afraid to hit it because you didn’t know what kind of debauchery it might lead to? Me too! But, I decided to take a chance at possible long-term mental scarring, and visit the blogs in my blogger-hood (so to speak).

And you lucky people are invited to join me! So, without further ado, here are the first 10 blogs I came across as I was taking a leisurely stroll down my blogger street.

1. A girl blogging from Toronto, but I think she was originally from a Spanish country because it’s all in Spanish (unless there’s a big Spanish-speaking community in Toronto that I’m unaware of). She asks this on her blog: “Que les Gustaria ver en este blog?” and I didn’t know how to reply. Suggestions?

2. A man who travels for a living, and discusses how they now have organic plane food. Who knew? I, personally, wouldn’t have even thought to ask about it. (And, of course, the food comes in recycled paper goods.) Some of the recent places he’s visited are Japan, Turkey, sailing on the sea of Marmaris, Kuwait, and Dubai. He has tons of cool pictures. I was very jealous of him…

3. A blog about bikes found chained up. You know, like people road their bikes to work/school/the store, and then chained them to a light post or something, and then this guy saw it, took a picture of it, and posted it on his blog. That’s all it’s about: other people’s bikes chained to things. Weird.

4. Some young kid who just has pictures of himself with a little caption like “Here’s me in my room.” “Here’s me in my favorite shirt.” “Here’s me with my friend Matt.” “Here’s me outside my school.” “Here’s me holding my cat.” You get the idea.

5. A woman who makes cool jewelry out of broken china. Beautiful! (She also has some funky drawings she’s done. Not beautiful and a little creepy. She should stick with the jewelry.)

6. A blog all about cows/bulls. Initially I thought “Oh, cute cows.” But, after scrolling through, it ended up being very disturbing. I don’t want to talk about it any more…

7. A blog about song lyrics, and what those lyrics mean to the blogger. For example, his first post was the lyrics to “Forever Young” with a link to Alphaville singing it. And then he would describe what the words mean to him and his life (some of it really weird). A sampling of the other songs that have deep meaning to him: “Whip it” by Devo, “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas, and “Bust a Move” by Young MC. Quite a music connoisseur, huh?

8. A blog in Greek. At least it looked like Greek writing, but I’m not an expert, so I could totally be wrong*. No idea what it was about, but it had a lot of cool pictures of some kind of Greek(?) festival going on. Looked like a lot of fun.

9. A woman who’s taken photos of her jewelry collection, and each post is dedicated to one. And she then describes how she got it, how much it was, and why she loves it. She seemed rather pretentious to me. I mean, who has a blog dedicated to their jewelry? What does she say at dinner parties “Oh, you love this neckless? You should visit my blog and read all about its history. And then you can see all the other awesome pieces I have and you can be jealous of my wealth.” At least, that’s what I imagine she would say.

10. A blog on war. It’s in a different language. One I don’t recognize. Something Nordic, maybe? So, I think it’s about war. There are a lot of normal war-type pictures on it: tanks, men in uniforms, weapons. And then there are a few concerning war-type pictures: Nazi’s and swastikas. Then there’s a picture of Hugo Chavez. Not sure how it all connects together, or if the guy is pro or anti-war, but it was interesting to scroll through. Hope I’m not now flagged by Homeland Security!

Well, there you have it. The first ten blogs I came across. Quite an interesting neighborhood I live in, huh? Expect to see another post like this one every so often. I think it’s good to know the company you keep (even if it occasionally gives you the heebie jeebies**).

*I ended up googling some of the text because it was driving me crazy. It’s not Greek, it’s Bulgarian. But, seriously, it looked like Greek!

**This is a warning. If you decide to hit “Next Block” on your on blog, you might see things you’d rather not see. It happened to me!


Susan M said...

Wow, that's impressive.

Whenever my daughter starts to complain about her brother he throws up a hand and says, "Blog it!" Because she blogs about how annoying he is. It always makes me laugh.

Andrea said...

Glad to see you posted a warning. I tried this a while back and came across a pornographic blog. You should have seen how quickly I clicked the close button, I didn't know my fingers worked that fast!

Amanda said...

Yeah, that happened awhile back for me with the whole 'fun blog, fun blog, fun blog, oops...some woman's boobs' bit. There is a thing on the top of blogs where you can flag them for inappropriate content, but porno people are sneaky. They found a way to remove that button from their blog. hmm..

Amanda said...

I just found this by hitting next blog a couple times.
Bacon Fest! Hello? Why didn't I get the invite?

Laura said...

I didn't even know about that "next blog" thing until Rachel told me about it recently. Most of the ones I come across are not in English, so I don't normally look around. I've been a little afraid about what I might come across. I also wonder...if one of those "bad" bloggers hits "next blog" and comes across one of ours, I wonder what they would think?