Approaching others has always been hard for me, in real life and virtually, so Thing 2 was a challenge for me. I try to read library blogs and library news, but am more of a lurker than a contributor. I know this stems from a lack of confidence. For some reason, I always doubt my thoughts are valuable or unique. In real life, this means I will always choose a one-to-one conversation over a group setting; virtually, this means I rarely contribute to discussions. I once apologized to someone I hadn’t met for tweeting at her, then realized that being able to contact people you don’t know personally is Twitter’s key advantage! Anyway, I am aware that this could affect my career negatively, so Thing 2 is an excellent step toward overcoming this fear.
I loved looking at everyone’s blogs. There are some very clever titles on the list and I did tend to gravitate towards those at first. I also browsed a lot of different categories: Germany, charity, higher education, rare books…my favorite thing about Thing 2 was finding out more about librarians who don’t do what I do. I think it’s interesting to see what traits are shared among all librarians and see what differences emerge in different settings. Unfortunately I had some commenting issues (I can’t seem to post comments to Blogger at the moment), so only left one comment. It was at In Which… a cleverly written blog with posts about 19th century pamphlets and food (including a recipe for garlic cheese biscuits, yum!). Sounds good to me.
Some other blogs I will be looking at include:
Trials of the Midwest Librarian I live in England now, but I’ll always be a Midwest girl at heart. Hopefully this will keep me up to date on what’s happening in the library world over there.
The Annotating Librarian A fellow procrastinator. I’m glad CPD23 will be keeping us both accountable.
Quotidian Opus I chose this for the title; a close friend has the word quotidian in her blog title, so I think it’s a sign of quality.
Love in the Library I’m looking forward to reading about the experiences of an Israeli librarian. Very intrigued to find out about any cultural differences/similarities. It’s also very well written.