Cites & Insights 9:8 (July 2009) now available

I've just published Cites & Insights 9:8 (July 2009).

The 30-page issue, PDF as usual but with HTML versions of most essays, includes:

Bibs & Blather

Notes on sponsorship for C&I, the status of four possible future projects--and the move of Walt at Random to ScienceBlogs.

Making it Work Perspective: Thinking about Blogging 2: Why We Blog

Continuing the discussion of blogging philosophy and practice that began in Cites & Insights 9:5 with a focus on reasons for blogging.

Interesting & Peculiar Products

Seven individual items and technologies, plus eight editors' choices and group reviews. From high-def Bluetooth to whether you can call a $1,500 computer a netbook...

Perspective: On Privatization

Musings on whether Charles Dodgson had the proper theory of language (as stated by his character, noted wordsmith H. Dumpty), plus unaltered copies of the two blog posts (and most of the comments) at issue.

Trends & Quick Takes

Three trendy items: Myths and limits, "They are not your friends" and the world of plentiful bandwidth.

My Back Pages

Nine little items on nine less serious topics; as usual, this one's a bonus for those who download the issue.

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blogging was some of the most library-related fun I've had since I became a librarian. getting feedback is great. but blogging takes so much time... even if you aren't blogging, you think about stuff to blog. every library or technology article has potential, and just the thinking saps energy from real work.

so F-U-N was my main reason for blogging. it's just that the older I get, the less likely I am to want my final breath on this planet to be for clicking the "submit" button. there's lots of other fun stuff out there that's more important to me.

luckily Twitter isn't fun, so I haven't been wasting too much time on that.

effing: Good comment; if it was sent as an actual response, I might use it in a future issue. (I may anyway). As I paraphrased John Dupuis:

Blogging might have potential for everyone, but that doesn't mean everyone should blog.

If it's a burden, if it takes time you'd rather use for other pursuits, if you don't find it personally rewarding--then why do it?

Which, to be sure, may be why around 95% of blogs are abandoned shortly after they're created.

how else can I feed my huge ego, unless I see my name in print?

I thought I was logged in at the time. In any case, that comment was from me.