Discussion topic: Blog Every Day In June

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Photo: My Blog badges from Zemanta by Annie Mole used under CC Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license

 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first blog. Since that time blogs have gone from just online personal diaries to include legitimate news sources, tools for education, and powerful professional development resources (the ILN blog being a case in point). In more recent years online information sharing spaces like Twitter, Reddit and of course Facebook have taken over the functions that many blogs filled by allowing people and organisations to connect with each other online. But these platforms generally only allow users to broadcast of snippets of information, rather than long format writing.

Blog Every Day in June was started a few years ago by some Australian librarians who wanted to challenge themselves to blog every single day for one month. See our post from last year to learn more.

So for this Blog Every Day in June we ask; what is the state of the library blog in 2014?

First, let’s look at some of the influential library bloggers

  • Sarah Houghton- Sarah is a US based librarian and self-confessed technology nerd. Sarah began her blog, Librarian in Black back in 2003 when she found she was wading ‘dozens of websites, blogs, & RSS feeds related to librarianship, technology, web services, and current trends to find those few posts’ that applied to her work. The Librarian in Black is a part library advocacy, part technology review, and part personal journey.
  • David Lee King writes on his blog about ‘the social web, emerging trends, and libraries’. David is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (Kansas). In 2008 he was named as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. If you have any interest in technology or social media this blog is a must read. David’s greatest skill is to be able to sniff out the latest trends and write about them for non-techies.
  • Steven Abram is easily one of the most influential writers in the library blogosphere. His blog Steven’s Lighthouse has been ‘illuminating library industry trends, innovation and information’ since 2003. The Lighthouse is a mix of trend watching, technology, education, and lots of infographics. Stephen Abram is a librarian and consultant with Lighthouse Partners and Dysart & Jones

Here are some questions to share with your partner and on the ILN blog:

  • Does your organisation have a blog?
  • Do you have blogs you follow? (professional or otherwise)
  • Do you think blogging is even still relevant?
  • Have you blogged professionally? If not, would you like to?

Each day in June the ILN blog will profile a library (or ‘library adjacent’) blog to explore and share

Remember that you can take these discussions beyond your partnership by sharing your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages – just remember to use the hashtag #interlibnet and this month also use #blogjune.

Keep an eye on our Twitter Chats page to check when our next live Twitter Chat is scheduled, and have a bigger conversation with ILN participants.

5 comments

  1. […] poco como parte de los tópicos de discusión del ILN me enteré del “Blog Every Day in June” el cual fue iniciado hace algunos años por un grupo […]

  2. Alan Jacques · · Reply

    I have a confession to make – I hate blogging.

    Not other people’s blogs, just my own. I’ve tried blogging several times and even ran blogging clubs at school. But I’ve found that once the technological shine of embedding quirky videos wears off, then I need a real reason to continue writing.
    It sounds depressing, but I really don’t have enough to say to fill a blog.

    A lot of people do and the good ones seem to have a reason:
    A professional project
    A reflective period where you’re sharing thoughts for feedback
    To promote your ideas and career
    To practice your own writing, which is kinda linked to the above

    There are many bad blogs out there, of which I own a dead one. Usually I find them boring because there is no reason d’ete, so they just become the self centric ramblings of a single person sitting in their office but broadcasting to the world. Maybe I’m intolerant but I find these blogs painful, they’re right up there with tweeting “I’m getting on the bus” or facebooking photos of the great meal your having. I don’t wish to add to the rubbish heap, so currently, I don’t blog.

  3. […] and shameless self promotion (well, promotion of a project I’m involved with anyway). The ILN is participating in #blogjune again this year – the theme of the month’s worth of blogging is, well, blogging! We’ve identified […]

  4. […] am answering the questions by the International Librarians Network about blogging in the month of June, which are being carried forward by Constance Wiebrands […]

  5. Reblogged this on the ties that bind and commented:
    I am going to accept the challenge. Please encourage me by posting comments on my blog posts ! Thanks!

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