Parajunkee has started another similar hop. She asks that if someone follows you as a result of visiting from the links, that you follow them back.
Both are fun ways to see new blogs and make new bloggy friends.
I am Kathy and I began my blog as an assignment in January of 2008. I took part in a program called 23 Things on a Stick (named because it seems like every kind of food imaginable is served on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair) which was coordinated by the regional library organizations in Minnesota and include public and school library staff. Our goal was to learn about Web 2.0 tools so that we could better serve our patrons. The first Thing was to start a blog so that you could report on the Things as you tried them. After the project was completed, the blog languished almost unused until the Fall of 2009 when I decided to focus on book blogging. Since then I have done much better.
Some other great things that are now a regular part of my life that I hadn't tried before the 23 Things project include LibraryThing, Goodreads, Delicious, and iGoogle and Google Reader. The 23 Things project changed the way I used a computer forever.
What made you decide to start blogging? Hop around and see other people's answers too.