The Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Association mentioned this blog in its January newsletter, downloadable here as a PDF file. In the article, on page 5, Frank Dietz explains many crucial elements of blogging in a few informative paragraphs. He points out that you can search blogs on Technorati, a search engine specializing in blogs and news; it's the place to look if you want to know what people are saying this very minute, ahead of any other news media, all over the world.
He also points out that blogs are easy to start -- you can have a free one in 5 minutes if you go to blogger.com -- yet difficult to keep up, as you have to update it regularly or it fades from view.
The AATIA web site looks great and I love how their newsletters are freely available.
Dietz's article highlights the Global Voices site, which has been a useful resource for me. Global Voices tries to monitor and report on the international blogosphere. I've been developing a list of spanish-speaking women bloggers from the Americas (Mostly Latin American, but I want to include Chicana/Latina bloggers in the US/Canada too.) Anyway, Global Voices has been useful for that attempt, and so has Technorati. I'll talk more about this in another post.