Friday, January 08, 2010

Is my career going to pot because I still blog a lot?

I was interested to read Brian Mathews new years post. In the article he made the following point:-

I wonder if 2010 is the year that many of us academic librarians will shut down our blogs? There were a bunch of us who launched three or four years ago and who posted regularly. It felt sort of like a Gen X movement. However I’ve noticed a steady overall decline in post quantity in 2009. Walt probably has an algorithm to measure that. I think the probable cause is that many of us were moving past the newbie stage of librarianship and were really starting to sink our teeth into the profession. Now we’re just too busy for constant online reflection. Additionally, Facebook and Twitter have evolved to replace the long form narrative (blog posts) in favor of quick bursts of ideas.

When he discussed the steady decline in library blogs and that many of us were moving past the newbie stage of librarianship and were really starting to sink our teeth into the profession, I looked back at my figures and on average I still blog the same amount as I have since may 2006. Therefore has my career 'careered' down a cul de sac?

In some ways it has not. I'm working at a prestigious academic research library in London. I have started on my Cilip charter ship (but very slowly).

I've meet and gone to some interesting events (1, 2 & 3) as well.

In other ways, many of my ambitions have been dashed and in some of the new web 2.0 technologies (an old phrase in itself) I just detest. I have never understood the thing about twitter, and how many librarian use this more than blogging. I just don't get 147 characters of information. I just don't see where the discussion is or:-

A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge.

And e-readers? I just hate them. I used a Sony reader in Germany and I just did not get it. I know I don't have to, but I can see they are the future for SOME user.

As for my career I have become a bit jaded that I rarely get interviews, and I even sometimes wonder why I do this job (but that last about 1 minute). I do want to learn more and would like to have achieved something more than at present.

But, I think Brian also forgets that sometimes blogging can be cut short not by work commitments but also life changing events that cause us to reappraise our life . They might not make us better librarians, but they make us look at life and all the good time we have enjoyed and still hope to.

1 comment:

brian said...

Doesn't apply to everyone. :) Just looking at a small sample of my bloggy-friends.