one year and then some… November 30, 2006Posted by jennimi in about me, blogging, library.
It’s been a busy month for jennimi, so busy a certain one year anniversary was passed by. A stream of consciousness blog originated primarily to let my friends and fam know what I was listening to is just over a year old this month. Things are a bit different around here now. So, it seems one of the blogworld things to do… celebrate a blogoversary with some reflections. And tho there are some blogworld things I probably won’t do (like empty memes) there are many that seem quite fine.
jennimi began at Blogger with a nice earthy brown border and lots of album art (which, unfortunately, didn’t make the import to WordPress; I wasn’t using flickr at the time… was uploading to Google). I had been ignorant of blogs. They bugged me a bit. Who wants to read someone’s rants or opinions? As an LIS grad student trying to find information for projects, blogs coming up in searches annoyed and scooped up valuable time. Still there were a few I began to monitor (they call it lurking, a term I despise) and I started to respect the medium for what it
was is: simply put, an easy way to publish online and form cyber relationships. The latter is key. If it were just for my own amusement, why would I publish online? After reading this article I began to entertain the serious idea that librarians should be blogging, and awkwardly started jennimi on a late Friday night (while I was supposed to be doing homework – how ironic). A couple months later a professor allowed me to turn in assignments via a blog and I started Library Matters. I eventually moved to WordPress for the compose and category features, though I still miss having free access to my template (oh and Dear WordPress, please enable a tagcloud feature for categories so I don’t have to do it through Technorati).
Over the next few months I’d experiment with the template, badges, technorati, my voice, capitol letters vs. lower case, longer posts, and subjects other than my addiction to power pop and indie. I got a bunch of friends blogging, made new ones, found interesting resources, kept at it. I learned much from other bloggers and friends, both in terms of what I liked about what they did and what I didn’t like. In less than a year I was speaking about blogging at a library conference and even presenting about web 2.0 at an interview (didn’t get the job, but it would seem they were inspired by some of my ideas!).
It’s been an interesting endeavor. Sometimes it sucks me in and I have to leave for awhile to get things done. Sometimes I absolutely love it. But always I am cognizant of the fact that I am, in my tiny tiny lower case j way, participating in the web’s creation, not just observing or reacting to it. I also have begun to see how this process allows librarians to reach out to more people with our knowledge, curiosity, problem solving urges, welcoming spirit, and information organizing ways. It allows us to learn from one another, and to give everyone a look into the diverse world of the librarian – once stereotyped as prudish and cold. I try to be as warm and welcoming as possible here – to bring a human touch to the digital world. Same way I’d be at a reference desk or in a classroom. Blogging has truly helped me see what an exciting time it is to be a librarian. My sincere gratitude for anyone who has dropped by, subscribed, and especially participated by commenting. And to my fam and friends who’ve stuck by me through all the info posts and reflections (such as this one) waiting patiently for the next bit of tunes on my list, I can’t thank you enough. I’ve run into a bit of a dry period with new music (stuck on Beck, as you know), so please, send me YOUR recommendations. :) jennimi13 [at] gmail [dot] com.
Funny that my very first post was a hint of tagging. I was occupied with learning the “hows” and chose a bit of subject analysis to make things quick. Much to me bruther’s chagrin. And the terms were faceted, no less. Finally, some of my most favorite and inspirational blogs:
Washtublibrarian – librarian, noise artist, nerd, scholar
Off the Mark – librarian, student, life enthusiast, unafraid to be personal
Tame the Web – the blog that made it legit, for me. and the nicest guy in liblogsville
librarian.net – an inspiration, come with questions and leave with answers
theory.isthereason – I once called him bloguru and he humbly declined the monaker. Too bad. He’s supported and informed me for a year, all because I asked. Thanks Inju.