Library blogging in 2010

I am always amazed at how many people read my writing. Thank you again by the way, I appreciate it.

I also am amazed at learning things about my blog and other library blogs from an outside perspective. There is no-one better at doing this (or actually doing it all to any level), than Walt Crawford.

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Walt has written books on library blogs and their metrics (amongst other things) and pulled some data out for a recent issue of Cites and Insights (which is always worth a read).  Here’s some highlights I found intriguing:

  • Fewer new library blogs and fewer library blogs in general (is the age of the blog over, or is it just the hype that has died?)
  • Fewer posts on those blogs
  • Longer posts
  • Fewer comments

My response to these?

  • Fewer new library blogs – reached critical mass, maybe we have enough librarians talking about all the different areas of librarianship
  • Fewer library blogs – they were taken up with fervour a few years back, but new things have happened (like Twitter) and some people may have said all they have to say, so have moved on
  • Longer posts – maybe becoming more about information than about conversation?
  • Fewer comments – I think this is because the conversation has moved away from blogs to Twitter and other social networking sites

Having said that, I still believe in the value of library blogs – you only need to look at my feed reader to see that is true.  What do you think?

And of course as usual, as I was pondering before writing this post, something else related appears. Walt is doing more research and is looking for library blogs he may have missed. Check out his post Liblogs: what am I missing? to ensure either yours or the ones you read are included.

This research is valuable and important, so please support it in any way you can.

Thanks!