Library blogs reach mid-career

A number of recent events have led me to reflect on how, or whether, I want to keep blogging. First, I applied for a new job, and knew that the search committee would find my blog, last updated two years prior. Second, I got the new job, which happened to be at an institution where I’d previously worked, and discovered that they’d preserved a previous iteration of that blog, last updated thirteen years ago, and that it had been public for about a week before I realized it. (Ack!) Third, I stumbled across Chris Zammarelli’s post, The Future Fades Away Too Fast.

Chris writes about spending “the better part of a week” building a blogroll. (Remember those?) I was delighted to see on his blogroll not only my own dormant blog, but many I remember following “back in the day” that are still active., still putting the rarin back in librarian. Christina’s LIS Rant, still ranting away. Information Wants To Be Free. Librarian in Black. And more. Reading through them felt a bit like what I imagine going to a college reunion would be like. (I’ve yet to go; this year will be my class’ 20th.)

It seems many of us are about the same age and are struggling with the same kinds of issues. Kind of a mid-career crisis. Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) wrote Wayfinding and balance at mid-career, which really struck a chord with me. Like Meredith, I’ve been a manager and left that track to go back to being “just” a librarian.

Nearly twenty years into my career, I’m starting my first tenure-track job. While it’s strangely intimidating, I’m also finding inspiration working in such a large library, surrounded by accomplished colleagues (and not managing a single one of them except myself).

And I’m blogging again. Chris pointed to a recent post by Tom Critchlow, Small b blogging, that really gets at the appeal of blogging for me. “Small b blogging” is

something with YOUR personality. Writing and ideas that are addressable (i.e. you can find and link to them easily in the future) and archived (i.e. you have a list of things you’ve written all in one place rather than spread across publications and URLs) and memorable (i.e. has your own design, logo or style).

I don’t think I’ll go back to the kind of frequency I blogged with when the internet was smaller, before social media created other outlets for sharing. If I’ve got something funny to say or a link to share, you’ll find that on Facebook or Twitter. But, if I’ve got something a little longer and more thoughtful to share, it will be here.

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  1. Thank you for writing this and for the shout out. I know the feeling about having a long dormant blog lying around. I feel like part of my pace in writing new points is to push posts from 2016 off the front page of my site!

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