If you have an interest in languages, which since you’re here you probably do, you might enjoy browsing the language blogs section on the right-hand side of this page. I keep it reasonably up to date by adding blogs I like as they come to my attention. (This makes me feel less guilty about the erratic nature of my updates here.)
One of the more recent additions to the blogroll is Ben Trawick-Smith’s Dialect Blog, on the go since January.* Ben is an actor and dialect coach (among other things) with a keen interest in linguistics. His blog is entertaining, interesting, and informative, with posts on all sorts of topics relating to dialects, accents, and speech. It delves into areas such as history, geography, TV and film, acting, and sociolinguistics.
Ben has spent years studying dialects intensely, and he shares his curiosity and learning with whoever cares to read his thoughts or join in the chat. He takes time to respond thoughtfully and graciously to comments. His blog is written in a lively, informal style, and although it’s perfectly accessible to non-specialists, it doesn’t shirk from technical detail when this is merited.
As an Irish person, I’m often amazed at the range of dialects to be found in a fairly small geographical area. Broaden the field of (auditory) observation, and my delight only grows. Dialect Blog does a great service to language enthusiasts by focusing on the wonderful variety of speech sounds and forms to be found around the world, and by offering a friendly place to enjoy, explore, and discuss them.
* I’m grateful to Lynne Murphy, writer of the wonderful separated by a common language blog, for bringing Dialect Blog to my attention. I don’t remember how or when, but it was probably on Twitter.