I’m not sure how to summarize what I just read on lis.dom – but what I do know is that it touched me! Laura writes about the biblioblogsphere as a group – or non-group is it may be.
Though we're [the biblioblogosphere] often in agreement (let's hear it one more time-just how badly does the OPAC suck?), we don't have a mission. Though some of us get to meet occasionally, we don't hold regular meetings. And, of course, though many people list their blogs on their resumes, no one that I know of adds "The Biblioblogosphere" to the list of groups to which she belongs.
The truth of the matter is that we are all part of the same group – and like members of any group, it sometimes feels like there are cliques or “cool kids” and sometimes if feels like you’re one of them – and sometimes you feel left out.
Last week, when everyone was Twittering, debating Twitter, denouncing Twitter, defending and defining Twitter as the next big thing, wondering what the hell Twitter was, and, in probably more than one case, wondering why no one had invited them to Twitter or why no one cared what they were Twittering about, I was feeling somewhat downcast. Twitter seemed wonderfully, and horribly, symbolic of everything wrong with the world and my place in it: it was a fun but largely pointless tool that all the cool kids were playing with and I was missing out on.
It’s funny how we’re all so different and yet so alike. We all (well, maybe not all – but pretend I’m right so I can make my point) want to be a part of the group – we all want to share our ideas with others and we want them to matter. Then something happens that makes us feel like we’re outside of the group and we feel downcast (just like Laura said).
I don’t know what I’m trying to say here – and I’m not sure what Laura wanted us to get from her post – but what she wrote made an impact on me and I wanted to share it with you all. Read the entire post and see what you get out of it.