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Doing 23 Things all in the name of Web 2.0

Thing 2 & some other things I’ve learnt about blogging

I’ve been putting off Thing 2. It means I have to do some interacting with people instead of just typing away into a big void (although I have two (yes TWO!!) followers now – hi guys!). The first part of thing 2 is finding other blogs to read which I have already been doing – either ones I’ve stumbled across or ones recommended to me or ones written by people I know. So I thought I’d try to widen the net a bit and do some searching for other interesting blogs about archives and Archivists. The blogs suggested by the RHUL 23 Things team are mainly library based and us archivists have got to stick together in the world wide web so we don’t get lost in the depths (probably under a dusty pile of boxes).

So I started to google (not sure if that is with a G or a g when you’re using it as a verb) and came up with a few promising leads. ArchivesNext was the first one I added to my Google Reader as when I looked down the page of past posts I realised that I’d already some of them after being directed to it by the archives listserve. I also added Society of Qualified Archivists which is a slightly odd one as on the face of it it seems to be a parody of the world of archives but is actually dealing with some quite meaty issues – could be interesting.

Archives Next had a few suggestions for other blogs and where to look to find more but I found that a fair few of the listed blogs weren’t really active anymore – including (much to my dismay) this one. It looks like the blog craze hit archivists in 2009 and has been heading downhill since (perhaps they’re too hip for blogs now and are busy wearing purple leggings and riding around on their fixie bikes).

Things I learnt about blogging from other people’s blogs include that it is important to keep posting and post relatively often; that many people seem to have lost momentum after a year or so; that I need to make sure I post about things outside the RHUL 23 Things project if I want my blog to continue after we’ve finished; that my blog looks REALLY boring and I must include some photos or something visual or no one will ever read it (which I have failed to do on this post too but next time I promise); and that when you start looking at blogs and following links to other blogs you can end up an hour later (or probably several if you’re not careful) not having a clue where the time went.

And the thing that I was actually supposed to be doing for Thing 2 was to comment on another participant’s blog – which I have done here.


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