Its my fourth anniversary of blogging, my blogiversary. On the 29th July 2005, I posted my first entry to Connecting Librarian, at that time at blogger.com. Four years later and wow, what a ride!
I’ve been thinking about blogging for a while now. Even considered stopping altogether, but couldn’t bring myself to do it. Although I’m not blogging as regularly, I still feel I have something to say and that this is one of the places I can say it.
Some of the reasons I have been blogging less, are that I am twittering more (most days and for most of the day usually) and I have been more writing away from the online, in the form of conference papers and articles, as well as continuing to do book reviews for ALJ. I have 1 article and 2 conference papers on the go at present too.
I’m feeling less pressure to blog too, probably because of my increased presence on Twitter and Facebook – now I try to blog at least once a month, if not once a fortnight, but only when I have something to say, not just for the sake of it. Maybe I’m finally maturing as a blogger. 🙂
And just when I think about blogging less, I find the content to do 3 blog posts in 4 days. Figures!
I’m far from being the only one thinking about how blogging is changing. Iris Jastram (Pegasus Librarian) in her post The ebb and flow of my online communities talks about how, between chat rooms, Twitter and her blog, she is having trouble finding her centre. I can relate to that.
Connecting Librarian was intended to be the centre of my online presence, but its now one of three main locations you will find me. Its now becoming where I do my deeper thinking, whilst Twitter is where I have more of my interactions and conversations and Facebook is mostly just about connections. Are others experiencing the same?
Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to be Free) in her post Whither blogging and the library blogosphere? laments what has happened to blogging in the face of micro-blogging. I too miss the depth of content that comes with blogging and I have noticed a marked decrease in the frequency of blog posts arriving in my RSS reader. On the other hand however, I love the immediacy and the contact that micro-blogging brings.
I twitter and then feed my twitters through to my Facebook status. When I write a blog post, I twitter that. So a blog post can be seen by people who read my blog, who follow me on Twitter or who have friended me on Facebook. It becomes even more interesting when you start getting comments back on a blog post at each of these places as well. So where is my centre?
I think that for now, my centre is Twitter – that’s where I spend most of my time in terms of an online presence, but I am not giving up my blog. I still have many things to share and this is the ideal forum for that. Facebook is just another means of spreading the news from the first two and connecting with people that I can’t connect to otherwise.
So Happy Blogiversary to me and thanks to all my blog subscribers and readers. I am still amazed that you are following me and am grateful that you do. Be reassured that there will still be blog posts, in the next year, although maybe not as often as I have in the past. I still want to blog though because I am still learning and discovering and find I still want to share all that I do, whilst “connecting new ideas and technologies with library service”.