Reasons not to have a blog

In the library world, especially the special library world, there’s a lot of talk about keeping up with social media, including blogging. It’s one of the reasons, I started this blog.

Meanwhile in the water world, the straight-shooting blog On the Public Record has posted There is no shame in not having a blog:

Here’s how you know if you do not want to blog:

  • You think your organization should have a blog, because all the cool organizations have a blog.
  • You want someone to be representing your side of the story.
  • It will increase your “web presence.”
  • You want to “market” yourself.

Wow, those reasons sound very similar to what I’ve heard people in the library world say are good reasons to have a blog.

OtPR also says, “You will only ever reach people who like blogs. No one else drops by.”

Don’t worry. It isn’t all anti-blog. OtPR also gives reasons you might want to have a blog and tells what kind of blogs the world needs and doesn’t need.

Food for thought, anyway. I recommend you read the whole post (warning for the squeamish: four-letter words).

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I sometimes tweet; does that make me a twit?

I am @rteeter on Twitter. I occasionally post there about research in climate change and water, particularly stuff that might not be widely reported.

(I’m already blogging — you’re looking at it — but Twittering counts as microblogging, so it must go along with week 2 in SLA’s 23 things.)

Went to a lecture tonight

I don’t normally do these sorts of things on a weeknight in my first life. But in my Second Life, I went to a Special Libraries Association program for librarians who want to raise their profiles. I never used SL before — I thought it was kind of a waste of time, frankly — but this was a good way to get some good ideas without having to go out anywhere.

(BTW, I’m Reb Zimberman on SL, so if you see me there, say hi.)

Edited to add: Since I created an avatar, that counts as thing 13 in SLA’s 23 Things (part of Play Week).