I had been ignorant of blogs. They bugged me a bit. Who wants to read someone’s rants or opinions? As an LIS grad student trying to find information for projects, blogs coming up in searches annoyed and scooped up valuable time. Still there were a few I began to monitor (they call it lurking, a term I despise) and I started to respect the medium for what it was is: simply put, an easy way to publish online and form cyber relationships.
…I got a bunch of friends blogging, made new ones, found interesting resources, kept at it. I learned much from other bloggers and friends, both in terms of what I liked about what they did and what I didn’t like. In less than a year I was speaking about blogging at a library conference and even presenting about web 2.0 at an interview (didn’t get the job, but it would seem they were inspired by some of my ideas!).
It’s been an interesting endeavor. Sometimes it sucks me in and I have to leave for awhile to get things done. Sometimes I absolutely love it. But always I am cognizant of the fact that I am, in my tiny tiny lower case j way, participating in the web’s creation, not just observing or reacting to it.
I also have begun to see how this process allows librarians to reach out to more people with our knowledge, curiosity, problem solving urges, welcoming spirit, and information organizing ways. It allows us to learn from one another, and to give everyone a look into the diverse world of the librarian – once stereotyped as prudish and cold. I try to be as warm and welcoming as possible here – to bring a human touch to the digital world. Same way I’d be at a reference desk or in a classroom.
Blogging has truly helped me see what an exciting time it is to be a librarian.
Sometimes it takes a year of blogging to see the truth in your blogging.