I did blog back in 2007-2008, but I deleted my blog mainly because the topic I was blogging about was getting thrown down and the blogs on the same topic were shutting down. Almost got to 20,000 hits before I deleted it
People have all sorts of tastes. It's not worth arguing about. I think that since I make some music myself, I've learned to appreciate other music more. Some people may not like it, but it's your own opinion that counts.
The 2nd one, but check some stuff on musician's friend or something. I got a gigantor catalog in the mail (yay) and they have a wide variety of things. If you live by a guitar center or something, try browsing a little bit and asking some professionals there.