Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sorting Out The Blogging World

I enjoyed my snow day today.  It was enough of a threat to call off schools and close the Federal Government, so I had a nice, relaxing day off.  Since I took off yesterday, too, I got a nice four-day weekend out of the beautiful weather.

To pass the time, I actually got busy and worked around the house for much of the day.  Following that, I started another fun little project.  I really enjoy reading the blogs written by others, and have links to them on my blog page.  But there are so many listed that it has become hard for me to keep track of them.  Fortunately, they're listed in chronological order as they're updated, but I wanted to organize them a little better, so I broke them up into categories.  The categories include local favorites from the Maryland/DC area, with a particular focus on Howard County.  There are some wonderfully written blogs by awesome individuals throughout the area, and they have been great influences on my own blog.  Another category is a handful of blogs with a Christian view.  Then there are the sports blogs.  Most of the focus here is on my favorite sports teams, notably those in Pittsburgh.  There're a bunch centering on the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, and the University of Maryland Terrapins, my Alma mater.

The rest of the categories follow my interests.  I love to travel, so I have a grouping of blogs about road trips, which I love, and amusement parks, among other things.  I love Route 66, so there are a bunch about that old highway, and the Lincoln Highway.  To go along with those, I am fascinated by old things, abandoned buildings, old New York City, and old highways, so there's a grouping of blogs about those things.  I also have a grouping of blogs about movies, television, science fiction, classic fifties, comics, and even fun stuff like Bigfoot.  I'm very entertained by much of what I've read here.  It's just fun!  Lastly, since I am a cartographer by trade, I have a bunch of blogs grouped by geography, cartography, maps, and geographic information systems (GIS).  It's a fascinating subject, and I love it.  I follow a bunch of friends who write blogs, too.  I'm fortunate to know a lot of great writers, much better than me.

If you, the reader, have any blogs you can recommend, please pass them along to me in the comments section, or send me a tweet (@Eric66F).  If you read any of the blogs I have listed, it's easy to figure out what I like to read.

I enjoyed my day off.  I miss my daughter, though.  I talked to her a couple of times today, and she had a great time with her grandparents.  Pap loves to play with her, and they got out in the snow for a bit.  They didn't get nearly the amount of snow in Bowie that we got here in Howard County, though.  I think we finished with about four inches, at least.  And even though I didn't go out in it (other than to shovel the walk and clean off my Jeep).  Faithful Pup Scout used to love playing in the snow when she was a puppy.  It was fun to watch the little white fur ball run around in the snow.  She would blend right in.  Now that she's getting up in years, she doesn't like being outside nearly as much.  She gets around very slowly, and I'm sure the cold air is too much for her.

Tomorrow will be a rough day at work since I've been out for a couple of days already.  I've got a lot of work piling up for me, plus a bunch of meetings.  That's the only negative to being out of work.  But being able to relax and enjoy the past few days makes it worth it.

Have a great day tomorrow, everyone.

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