I have added a list of "Influential Blogs" to the left on this website acknowledging the blogs that I read regularly and that I looked to as examples for design, writing style, photography, and content. I have a long way to go to match the achievements and success of the authors of these blogs, but they remain my inspiration and I will continue to improve my own blog as I learn from them over time. In particular, both noodlepie and chez pim has been my favorite blogs over time because of the elegant design of their websites and the style and quality of their writing.
I hope my readers, many of which I know will be new to blogs, with click through to these influential blogs to get a better sense of the diversity of interesting blogs that are available to them. In particular, Chez Pim celebrated "Blog Day" on 31 August with links to a lot of very interesting and different blogs. If you really want to explore, try out her links.