On Blogging and Progress
I spent some time reading some of the "A List" blogs this week and I was surprised at just how incestuous, repetitive, unoriginal and just plain useless & boring they are. If this is the group of people who are revolutionizing the Media, we're all in trouble. Most of them are just yelling about the same garbage I'd expect to hear on talk radio or see on TV. The "reporting" I saw was mostly just a quick copy and paste from "legacy media" sites. That's not to say everything on every site fit this pattern, I just had to really dig for anything original or with much depth.
I don't see the same thing in the librarian blogosphere (I hate that word). From what I've seen we tend to be much more civilized and perhaps more original than the "A Listers." I've been spending more time reading the library blogs lately thanks to the new & improved LISFeeds. There is some real good readin' and writin' out there, I really like what I see. I like the voices, I like the styles, and I like the content. In doing so I also tried to take a look at what I've been posting to the LISNews home page. I think maybe it could use some work. It feels a bit stagnant. I've been doing the same ol' thing for years now with little change to my style or subject matter. My QuickLinks posts are one example of what I'm trying to bring some new ideas to our little site. It's certainly not an original, earth shattering idea, but it's something different for me. I guess my point is, I'm trying new things and hoping for new ideas on ways I can make LISNews more interesting. This only applies to me, I have no problems with what the other authors are doing. One of the big reasons I so often beg for new authors is to keep things fresh and interesting.
I've also recently tried 2 new things that I've been putting off for what seems like an eternity. News alerts via email (I'm using Google) and using an Aggregator on a regular basis. The new alerts are a big success, I'm finding some great stuff I'd otherwise have missed. I was always afraid I'd be overwhelmed, buried in a tidal wave of news alerts. That hasn't happened. It's an entirely new way to find new stuff and I'm really loving it. On the other hand, using the aggregator just isn't working for me. I just don't care about what's being written on blogs enough to worry about following more than a couple sites. Call me a curmudgeon if you must, but using a feed reader just doesn't fit in with the way I'm currently using the web. I tried a few different programs, and couple different sites, and I even tried using a couple of other aggregators set up by other people, and nothing catches my attention for long. I can see how it's a nice way to do things, but it doesn't work for me.