One of the fun things about blogging is not the blogging, but reading other people's blogs. Right now I'm fairly focused on gardening blogs. I will read other articles, but I come back to the gardening ones. I found my first few by searching the web. Then to find other blogs I've played a game called "Follow the Commenter". It is a simple game to play. Take one of your favorite blogs and see who has commented on a post. Follow the link to their blog. Their blog may or may not be a gardening blog, but it is fun to read it anyway to see who reads the same blogs you do. If it is a gardening blog, pick another commenter from the new blog. Follow it. And so on, until you've lost the gardening theme. Sometimes the chains can last a long time, or they can loop. Either way you can waste hours of your life playing the game.
I've tried other ways of finding blogs. There are blog lists all over the web. Some are little communities of like minded bloggers. Blotanical and MyFolia seem to be the two specifically garden related communities. I tried MyFolia, but it seemed like so much work. Writing my blog is enough work. If I have to keep adding plants to my garden (they want you to add all your plants to your plot on MyFolia - dang do you know how many plants I have?) and journal on their pages, it just isn't worth it to me. It seems like it would be better for someone that doesn't already have a blog.
Blotanical is much more to my taste. It takes the blog you already write and links to your posts. No extra work required. My kind of place.
One flaw is that it is set up a bit competitively with its point system. I understand why they do it that way, but I'm not a fan of fostering competition in a community. It also has a hard to use user interface. I really wanted to fav someone (pick them as one of your favorites) and I had to look up in the faq how to do it. It should be much easier. I also wanted to get to someone's plot. I had to look that up too. A few extra buttons/links are really needed. I could go on about some of the other flaws, but I used to be a programmer and always see the flaws in the software.
That being said Blotanical is a fun place to hang out. The people there are nice and usually a handful of people welcome you to the site, so you can start a conversation right away if you like. My most used part of the site is the Picks tab. It lets you see all the most recent posts. So anytime I need my gardening blog fix, there it is.