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.


  1. You just provided a perfect summary of why I (still) don’t have a (biblio)blog of my own. I have nothing against the biblioblogosphere. I just can’t have a biblioblog until I’m making unique contributions to librarianship, and doing so on the front lines. Some are far better at doing this than others. I’ll create a blog when I either need to as a requirement for a course in library school, or when I have unique content (or any at all). Until then, reading and responding will have to be my contributions to the biblioblogosphere.

  2. It’s not reserved for the biblio portion of the blogosphere, either. Or the blogosphere alone, really.

    In my experience that’s how society works. Some people are always left out, to fend for themselves as they can, and hopefully not starve.

  3. I am wondering if I have been left out, or am I part of the biblioblogosphere. I don’t maintain my own blog, for the same reasons that Julian gives, but I read many blogs regularly and comment on them irregularly. I think of bloggers as sort of town criers: standing on street corners announcing the news and important issues to whomever is listening. The news and ideas they bring inform their listeners, start conversations and may even spark action. If I hear/read something in a blog and use that to change how I am doing something or just change my attitude and perspective am I a participant, or just a listener?

  4. Participant!! And one of the best kinds of participants in my opinion – you’re out there acting on what we’re “talking” about 🙂 You Go!!

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