The Meta-Post: In which I blog about blogging
My past is littered with failed blog attempts. They all began with the same New Year’s resolution-level of ambition and that it-will-be-different-this-time attitude. Still, not one made it past the sixth post. No matter how much time I spent thinking of a pithy title or futzing with the formatting tools until I was satisfied (or overwhelmed), the medium just never captivated me long term.
I chose Medium as my platform for this course because I wanted to give blogging a fair shake again, after all these years. When I was going through the list of blogging interfaces on the Wiki, I immediately took the scenes of my past failures (Blogger and WordPress) out of the running. They both have so many (maybe too many, for me) tools for customizing the blog and after all of that work, your blog sits in isolation. There were a handful of choices that touted their emphasis on writing rather than the glitz and glam of themes and formatting, and I was introspective enough to realize that those were the places for me. From there, I saw the appeal in the advertized interconnectedness of Sett and Medium and decided to take a chance on Medium because it seemed the least like my past blogging experiences.
Both the platform that I chose and the act of reflective blogging will, hopefully, expand my PLN. The Collections feature that Medium offers was appealing when making my platform decision because I felt that it made it easier to find people and entries covering similar themes and to then become connected with those people. While the platform offerings appealed to the consumer/ lurker part of me, it is my hope that the reflective blogging will develop my role as a producer rather than simply a taker. Ideally, these reflections will help others as they navigate through similar experiences as well as allow for feedback for any questions or roadblocks I may encounter.
In a similar vein, this reflective blogging will allow me to better serve my patrons because I will (again, ideally) have input and feedback from others. I am a huge believer in the power of the masses in terms of ideas. The breadth of knowledge that librarians are expected to have mastery over is unrealistic, but so long as we know when to turn to our peers for help, it is manageable.