If I may start on a trite note, one of the wonders of the Internet is that we’re all connected. But how we discover and engage with each other effectively is not at all obvious. How do we speak out? How do we find something that will truly speak to us?

Blogging is a wonderful tool to address these concerns. It allows for short or long-form writing, thoughtful essays or to-the-point insights, or simply keeping track of your favorite news or sports site. With the long memory of the web, it acts as a repository for thoughts, for help, for experiences to be shared. Generous linking means that finding something that’s good for you can start off on a path to more good things.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we read blogs and wrote a free app to help others manage their reading. I’d like to encourage everyone to share as well – reading is just one side of the experience. Writing is thinking, and it can be hard, but it’s definitely worth the effort – even if you only do it for an audience of one.