I recently reviewed Time's 25 Best Blogs 2009, and realized that blogging is more than just an opportunity to read about your friend's everyday activities. Staying in touch with family, friends, and associates is important, but beyond reviewing their philosophical ramblings and family vacation photographs, it allows one to have something to talk about after a long dry spell of get-togethers.
Additionally, however, it may be an arena for art, music interests, or political views. Blogs allow users to to connect with individuals with similar interests. I found at least three out of the 25 Best Blogs list that sparked my interest, and after sharing those, Diane Loosle referred me to one of her personal favorites, The Simple Dollar.
While virtual will never be a perfect replacement for enjoying a chatty lunch with a friend or colleague, online tools like blogs may provide a place for individuals of similar interests to gather, discuss, and share ideas and thoughts.