I just published this blog post. And it felt great. There’s just something about logging into my WordPress installation, typing up my own words, and publishing on a site that is mine. (after doing numerous updates of course). I get the feeling a few times a year, often in the summer or at the New Year for some reason, to post something. Each time, I think it would be awesome to take up regular blogging again. Pretty much every time I post a few things, then the blog goes dormant for several months.
I miss blogging. Back when I first started this blog, there was no Twitter and Facebook was still limited to people with a .edu email address. Blogging was the social media that connected me with peers in my profession around the planet. It was awesome to see when others linked to something that you posted or commented on your site. It was awesome to play with the A-list bloggers, and equally as incredible to discover a newcomer to the blogosphere. We were a community. I made new friends.
Like many of my blogging peers, my job has changed with different and increased responsibilities from when I originally started blogging. I’ve had more kids. My hobbies have changed. My free time has dwindled.
This was originally a library, tech-focused blog. That was my niche. I was big into wikis and instant messaging and Library 2.0 and gaming in libraries and all those buzzwords. I’m still into that stuff, but have since climbed my way into middle management. I’m not pushing as much new tech as I used to, and the middle management stuff isn’t something that I feel compelled (or smart enough) to write about. Hence the lack of posts here. My boss has told me I need to take more time to reflect and write. Perhaps I should do that here.
They say you must have a niche these days in order for your blog to be successful. I don’t have enough content in one particular niche to continue this as just a Library-tech-teaching-focused blog. I’ve got another blog that I haven’t touched in years. Perhaps I will delete and merge that blog (also originally a niche) into this one.
Possibly related to my recent interest in writing again is social media has got me down lately. There’s lots of sharing but not much caring. I’ve always liked the sharing aspect of blogging. It’s rewarding to share some little bit of knowledge you’ve learned, or an experience you’ve had, or a skill you’ve practiced. Reading that kind of content from others it what inspires me to try something new, practice harder at a hobby, or learn more about a topic of interest. That kind of content can make the world a better place. Maybe my content can inspire or help others in some small way. We’ll see.
Edit: I wrote all of this before reading Meredith’s post, in which she also ponders the good old days of blogging and community building as well as her dissatisfaction with social media. Go read it. And of course, just like the good old days, Meredith blows the rest of us away with her way with words. It’s quite cool and interesting to know that others have the same thoughts about blogging. FWIW, this is the first time I’ve linked to another library blog in years, and that feels great, too. I wonder if the old-school track-backs still work?