I used to have a magazine addiction. A pretty serious one. I would read anything if it was published in a magazine. I'd buy both weekly and monthly publications, drinking them in as soon as I got my mitts on them and impatiently wait until the next one was due.
Then I discovered blogs. This, combined with the increasingly exorbinate cost of magazines, cured my addiction. I haven't bought a magazine for ages, the last one was disappointing to say the least. Combining a love of reading with a very bad desire to read other people's diaries, I'm now all about the blogs.
(I remember I did read someone's diary once. I was living in London with some friends and one of their cousins was staying, all four of us in one room and I noticed her diary was out. I slowly, casually, sauntered over it and with a fingernail, flicked open the cover. I read a page, fascinated, but had to stop. Diary karma. I live in fear that someone will read mine one day. I'm positive they would rather use the pages to give themselves paper cuts instead of reading, because it's all so damn boring. But you never know. So I stopped and had to deal with my guilty conscience when she came home later in the day. Never again.)
Sure, there are the fashion blogs (which hold only a little interest for me - I'm a jeans and tshirt kinda gal) and the design blogs (which just serve to remind me that having a space of my own is so very far away) but the blogs I love, really love, are the personal ones. Ones that give me a glimpse into their lives, loves, laughs and loses. Ones that let me live vicariously through their words. Ones that let me celebrate triumphs and comiserate the lows.
Often I pick a popular blog and go back to read the first entry. See what they had to say when they had no or very little audience. Follow their lives, catching pieces of personal information here and there. Sounds slightly stalker-ish, doesn't it? And yes, before you even ask, I have stalked YOU.
One of my favourite blogs of all time is What Possessed Me. Persephone is a scream. Gorgeous, intelligent, hilarious. Her blog began three years ago, heartbroken over a break-up. Over the past couple of days, photos of her wedding have been published - she married the dude she was apart from. So sweet. You should all definitely go to What Possessed Me right now, read all three years' worth of posts and report back to me when you're done.
And if I haven't gone through your blog's underwear drawer as yet, don't bother hiding things, but I will be there before you can blink. Bloggers, please keep telling your secrets to the internets.
Voyeurs Readers like me live for it.