So I set about writing Thing 2 today, and first of all check to see if I’ve been added to the list of CPD 23-ers. Why yes I have! I’m on the Blog. And also on Delicious, where I am immediately disheartened to see I’ve been tagged as ‘unemployed’. Whilst this may be true, I don’t really see the need to add it there. Who on earth is going to search for ‘unemployed’ participants? I know, just because I don’t like the description…
However, I happened to come along Librarian without Portfolio‘s blog, and she too was ‘deflated’ to find she’d been tagged as unemployed. I think that word more accurately described my feeling about it too. It’s just not how you want to be described, is it?
I already follow a few blogs regularly for both professional and general interest reasons. In fact, I learnt about cpd23 through the Organising Chaos blog, which I think I found randomly through following a link on a Twitter post. I empathised with her post entitled: ‘Current Awareness, Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the “Mark all as Read” button‘. It took me a while to feel it was ok not to read everything in my blog feeds. I still feel I miss out on a lot though. If I had a smartphone then it would be easier to keep up to date, but on the other hand, how would I ever have time to properly process all the extra information I would get?
One blog I love to read, and that I think is a fantastic example of using social media, is Chocolate and Zucchini. The writer is Clotilde Dusoulier, a French lady who writes, lives and sleeps for food. Not only does she share interesting recipes, but she has an edible idiom series, which feeds my love of language. Her personal style makes each and every recipe and posting really come to life, whether it be explaining how she modified the ingredients, her memories of the food, backgrounds to the ingredients, and much much more. I still need to try the chocolate coconut muffins, salt-crusted chicken (an unusual technique I think), and am one day going to try preparing and cultivating my own bread starter, which she has written about and researched in such detail. She responds to comments and questions posted on her blog, and has a strong following. It’s truly a blog to aspire to.
I also like to check out Brian Herzog’s Swiss Army Librarian blog, Phil Bradley’s weblog, Incredibly Dull, All of us are smarter than any of us, Column Two (intranets), Information wants to be free, and IanVisits (events in London). I like the way they write, as well as what they’re writing about. I think my professional interests are quite wide-ranging, covering communications, information and knowledge management and new technologies for content management, collaboration and communication, and this is reflected in the blogs I follow.
It’s extremely important that blogs are updated regularly, and that’s probably why I’ve been so nervous about setting this one up, as I didn’t feel I had enough to write about to keep the momentum going. When I see a blog hasn’t been updated for a while, I eventually weed it out of my RSS feeds list. Blog content also needs to be thought out like any online content if you want others to read it. I’m still writing largely for myself at the moment, but I’m going to try to maintain good practice by giving meaningful crosslinks to other sites, updating regularly, writing clearly and concisely, and considering my audience – this last one being difficult as I don’t know quite who my audience is yet, apart from perhaps other cpd23-ers who might stray here as part of Thing 2, then on finding I’m not a real librarian, disappear and don’t come back