11 July 2006
All Aboard for Travel Blogging...
Well, my good friend Scoot is showing off his travel blogging skills. If you haven't visited, check out his site. He has a great set of photos and commentary on his boondoggle (I mean academic learning experience) to the United Kingdom. Major John over at Miserable Donuts also has some great shots and stories from his time in Afghanistan. Admittedly, not a top travel destination. Which brings me to the topic at hand. The blog as vehicle for travel, not just into other locales but other ideas.
One of the great aspects of the computer age is the ability to blur reality and the imagined. There are literally millions of people who invest a lot of their time in activities which are purely simulated (MMORPGs, extended online communities, etc.). Many of these folks have just as much commitment to the "virtual" world as the events of the real world, perhaps more. Personally, I am an adventure hog. I find some of the same mental thrills in gaming and simulation as I have found in the real world, although the lack of physical feedback is still a huge deficit (where is that holodeck, anyway? And if it existed, would we cease to exist as a society? - think the Matrix).
But I digress. What I would like to do is expand the roster of blogs represented here on the site. I have encountered a few which are worthy of linking simply due to their diversity and perspective. I am not talking about political or themed blogs, I am more interested in blogs that reflect an individual's view of the world. To me this would permit an even broader window into our rapidly shrinking world. I have two challenges, they must come recommended from readers, be real (i.e. no fabricated characters, teen drama, etc.) and reflect a personal viewpoint. If we could get some international perspective, all the better. For those who haven't, check out Big Pharaoh.