This is not my first blog, but it is the only blog I’ve made more than one entry in. My other blog idea was great and took a painstaking amount of time and effort to come up with the topic and title for. I knew I didn’t want to post a blow by blow account of my personal life, and I knew I wanted it to be something people would actually read. While I still love the idea, and would follow a blog like it in a heartbeat, I ran out of steam in terms of actually posting in a consistent manner really quickly.
Blogs can be a quick and easy, affordable way to gain attention for your library and community. There are many advantages to blogs, as well as ways to go wrong. Here are some of the highlights and places you can look for more tips on how to blog “right.”
Some of the most exciting ideas for library blogs I’ve learned about are new acquisitions and book reviews. As a frequent peruser of the new books section, I love the idea of learning what’s “just in” in this format. I also could see myself enjoying the maintenance of such a blog. Things like scope and audience are clear and I could imagine it being a well followed blog. Posting frequency would be relative to the arrival of new selections. People could comment on the titles with their opinions of the books and it would be a great way to get feed back and encouragement for the library.
Browsing this link of library and librarian blogs reveals a wide range of approaches to blogging in the library community. With more out there than one person could or would want to read, it can be daunting to think of how a new blog can really make an impact. I think what is important to keep in mind if dealing with these thoughts, is that you don’t have to be reinventing the wheel; doing something meaningful to your audience is what it is all about.
This website has some great tips to consider before starting a blog, including audience, content and scope. While blogging is an inexpensive means of promotion, like all social media you get what you put into it. A poorly executed blog will not gain the attention you want. There are many more great suggestions for library blogs such as highlighting topics of interest for the local community or reaching out to new target groups.