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The end of 23 Things?

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Today we had our celebration to mark the end of 23 Things. Helen and the 23 Things team provided some yummy cakes and biscuits and I managed to nab a cup of tea – a lovely way to spend half an hour with colleagues. We had a bit of a discussion between us about what we had thought of the program and overall the feedback was positive (this may be due to the fact that it was a celebration of the project and if you didn’t enjoy it even the prospect of free food may not have lured you in). Some felt it was really helpful to have the weekly sessions so that help could be given when needed. I would have liked to attend the sessions but unfortunately didn’t manage to get to any but the first one because they fell when the bat tower is open to researchers and we were overrun with them last term! When I did have any queries I emailed Helen and she was quick to respond but it would have been nice to get an idea of how other people were getting on (face to face rather than virtually).

I haven’t finished all of the 23 Things yet but I think I will carry on with the ones I’ve missed out but so far my top three have got to be:

 1. Blogging and Google Reader (I’m lumping these together because they’re both about blogs)

 2. Twitter (turns out there are loads of Archivists on Twitter!)

 3. Dropbox (this is the one which will be most helpful to my day to day work)

But there are lots more of the Things that I will be using in my work in the coming months (e.g Evernote, Diigo and Screencast-o-matic).

Oh and guess what… I won a prize! (Turns out some people have actually been reading my blog.)

Thanks 23 Things team!

Thanks 23 Things team!

Watch this space for the remaining things…

Things 5 and 6: Twitter

Two days supervising researchers in the reading room means I’ve had time to catch up on my 23 Things. Thing 5 was to create a Twitter account – which I have now done, you can follow me @BatTower. The process was relatively easy and as I’ve used the Library Twitter before and my own account I’m already familiar with the website and terminology. I was slightly alarmed that Twitter saw fit to recommend I follow Nandos and Justine Beiber but I sidestepped that pitfall and have followed some archive tweeters as well as the 23 Things participants (not sure I got all of you so feel free to follow me so I can add you).

With the account set up I then moved on to completing Thing 6 which was to interact on Twitter. I sent my first tweet using the 23 Things hashtag #RHUL23 and successfully tweeted @melon_h about Stephen Fry following her and got a reply – success! I also took a look at what was being tweeted on #archives which is a tag I usually use when tweeting about archive stuff on the Library Twitter. I also retweeted a tweet about the RHUL Passport Scheme which the Library and Archives are involved in.

Now that I have a Twitter feed to call my own, I’ve also added another nifty widget to the side bar of the blog (see right) to show what I’m tweeting about and I have (fingers crossed) set up the Publicize feature so that WordPress will tweet for me when I post anything new on here. A bit more high tech wizardry for the Missives!

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.

Ta da! Thing 1

As part of RHUL Library’s 23 things project we’re all creating blogs. And then blogging about the blogs. This is Thing 1 on the list of 23 and so far so good: the blog is created and (if you’re reading this) I have successfully written my first blog post!

Watch this space for further progress…

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