I've learned that several of my favorite bloggers share my blogging identity. I guess that shouldn't be surprising, since I recognize that they've influenced what I do here, and how I do it.
Of course, I wouldn't add a blog feed to my reader if I didn't like the content, but they're not all there for the same reason. Some are just generally useful, providing information and tools for living. Some cover issues I want to know and think about. Some are just for fun, and some are about more important matters. I don't read any blogs specifically in my own work field, but I learn a lot from the management and HR-related ones I subscribe to.
But right now, I'm thinking about a few bloggers whose posts I especially appreciate reading, and exactly why I appreciate them. It comes down to a combination of content and style that resonates with me somehow, so I'd just like to thank a few people for what they do, and let them know that they're setting an example:
Verbatim (found via Mir's "Woulda Coulda Shoulda" blogroll, which I found via Work It, Mom) - Karen's blog is like a variety store. She has family anecdotes, book/movie/music reviews, recipes, and links to interesting online flotsam-and-jetsam, and she almost always responds to comments. She's also my source for the "Wiki Wednesday" and "iPod Random Ten" weekly memes (those posts are under the "memes and blogger games" label).
Bub and Pie (found via PunditMom - see next item) - This Canadian mom and literature professor's posts are sometimes lengthy, and always thoughtful, thought-provoking reads.
PunditMom (whom I may have found via Work It, Mom, but can't recall for sure; I actually may have found Work It, Mom through her) and Mojo Mom (not sure how I found her either, at his point, but it may have also been through PM) - Joanne and Amy consider the places where the personal and the political overlap, and they make me consider them too.
It's Not All Mary Poppins (found via Work It, Mom) - I couldn't do what MaryP does all day, as a child-care provider, but I really enjoy her stories about it and her thoughts on other topics, and life-wise we're in a similar place.
A Daily Dose of Zen Sarcasm (found via MotherTalk, which, again, I think I found via PunditMom) - Madame Meow is my new blog crush, and now she's thinking about taking a blogging break, so I hope this doesn't turn out to be more of a fling.