blogging is a phenomenon. as of december 2006, internet search engine technorati was indexing 55 million blogs. who's got time to read all of that? i don't think i knew even one person who had a blog before m's sister started one to share family news while they were still living in germany, maybe a year and a half ago.
of course, it's different when your friends are blogging. it's fun to see what they're up to (sometimes literally, if they're uploading photos), what they're reading, how they're doing. and through the miracle of rss and atom, you can even be notified automatically when one of your less prolific friends updates their site.
here are some links to blogs that i follow:
blogs of international friends:
friends from home: