I recently stumbled onto the concept of using the "next blog" button for entertainment. Now, you Blogger bloggers know what this is; a button at the top of your page allowing you to travel through the blogosphere sort of at random. And a few of those I've followed over the years I have actually found in just that way.
But Friday morning I said to myself, "What does the next blog SAY about the blogger you just left?" I found some surprising answers.
Some of my follow-ees had rather tame "next blogs". Norma at Waiting For God had a next blog of "My Mirror", which was just a guy blogging about his family. Many others had much the same, including Hey Monkey Butt, whose next blog was "Kennedy, Payton, and Jack's Family Blog" purportedly by two little kids named Kennedy and Jack (no idea who Payton was) and consisted of nothing but kids' pictures. Some of those families were a bit unusual; the one that connected to Jo-Anne's Ramblings was a couple, "Dave and Babs", who spent 50 years living in the same small town- and then moved to Liberia to help orphaned children.
Some of them were more geared to specific interests. Some were more geared to the interests of the blogger; hence, Elsie's Mock Turtle's Musings led me to a place called "Addicts with Knives", by a lady working with addicts and as a clergy person in New York. Some were a bit farther off the blogger's path- A Beer For The Shower connected to Beerattitude- Beer/Music/Mayhem, written by a craft beer consultant; Roland Hansen Commentary linked to another basically political blog called "Weird and Pissed Off", run by someone who also had a cat blog. But some were WAAAY off. Juli at Surviving Boys was linked to "Lexxperience", a fan blog by a lady from Missouri that is addicted to a sci-fi show I'll admit has escaped me called Lexx; Arlee Bird's Tossing It Out links to "Musings of a Drama Queen", written by a chocoholic fashion buff from Lagos, Nigeria; Al Penwasser's Place hooks up to "Toeslayer's Movie Reviews", which is just what it says.
But I had to save you my three favorites- Bobby G's place, which actually started me on this whole thing, linked to "Happy Bear: Kuma's Country Life", a cooking blog by a lady from Hokkaido, Japan; Robyn's Life By Chocolate linked to "The Big Empty", written by a web developer from North Dakota who's into techno-trance music; and me.
What did my link go to?
"This blog has been removed." Go figure!