Week 1, Social Media for Information Professionals

Is this your first time you created a blog?

This is not my first time creating a blog. I had to create a co-op blog for my final semester in my Undergrad program at UCF instead of using the webcourse system so that is how I learned about blogging. I initially used Blogger because it is a Google product and it was very easy, but after a while I wanted more control of my options so I made the switch to WordPress (And LOVE it!) It takes a bit of getting used to in the beginning but overall I feel like I have more control of what the blog looks like and how it works.

I also have another blog that I am working on that I haven’t decided if I would like to publish to yet called “Insert Geek Pun” also on WordPress. I plan to use it starting at the beginning of the year to document my downward spiral into Geekdom. So that should be fun.

What is your experience with using (reading) blogs? For which purposes have you used blogs?

I actually follow a ton of blogs. I use Google Reader to follow, but just because it is easier than some of the other aggregators. I follow multiple blogs on various topics.

For instance I follow probably 2 art blogs, 20 Book and Paper Conservation blogs, 27 Library blogs, 7 Ancient Near Eastern Anthropological blogs, and about 15 tech blogs.

That sounds like a lot but people post to their blogs so infrequently it is rather easy to keep up.

I like to use blogs as a study tool or to look up what other people are talking about and doing the fields I am interested in. I have learned to go beautiful book bindings through tutorials that people post and I have seen some new gadgets be tested before they are released. So overall I would say I use them to keep up to date and to fill in the gaps in my learning as most people allow comments and will respond if you have questions.

What do you like or dislike about using blogs?

I like that the blogger community is open and accessible. I love the history channel and Discovery channel because they are educational, but if you have questions you have to either forget it or go on a mad hunt and hope you get sources that answer your question. But with blogs the person teaching you is right there, just a click away and you can interact with them.

I also love that there is no schedule. You are able to blog, post, read, and respond at any point in time and it is still completely interactive. It is also a ton of fun to serendipitously discover new blogs that cover topics you never would have thought someone was writing about. For instance, as an undergrad I was planning to go into a MA in Archaeology in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (I love Mesopotamia and Cuneiform… If I could work in the Chicago Institute or Yale…) and I came across several blogs discussing how to learn to read and write Ancient Assyrian and Sumerian. And that was just amazing to me.

As for dislikes, I can’t really think of any regarding the medium as a whole. I think generally it works for a large number of people and that is awesome.

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