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.
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.
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