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NFAIS – User-Generated Content – Blogs

Jun - 30 - 2007
Nicole C. Engard

The next session I attended at the NFAIS meeting was on blogging. It started with Steven Bell who talked about the four different types of blogs he writes for and how he managed blogging for four blogs.

The newest of Steven’s blogs is called Designing Better Libraries. It was started as a promotion for his book and is managed by a team of writers. I mention this blog because it intrigues me and has just been added to my blogroll. I also mention it because Steven had a great tip for finding the time to blog – join a team. A team blog is a blog written by more than one person. This way you don’t have to be solely responsible for publishing on a daily basis – you get to share the work with others.

Next up was Rafael Sidi of Really Simple Sisi (RSS). Rafael was awesome to listen to! He was so genuine – I hope my presentations come off that way. Rafael talked about how people say we’re controlling the information age – in particular he pointed out the Time’s person of the year issue where we were all named as the winner. He said he wished he was controlling the information age, but the truth is that we’re just contributing to the information age. He went on to compare the blogosphere to the grand bazaar in Istanbul. When you go to the bazaar you have to know who the trustworthy merchants are and where you’ll get the best deals – the same is true for blogs.

Rafael’s secret to blogging? He doesn’t care what people think. He blogs for fun! He said, “I use my blog as a post-it note.” What a great analogy. Another great quote, “If you are planning to blog you need to be ready to be transparent!” The thing about blogs is that they’re open – which is both the beauty of blogs and the challenge of them. Lastly, Rafael encouraged us by telling us that we’d learn more from reading blogs than we ever would from our colleagues. By reading blogs, you hear from people all over the industry – not just your little pocket. I’d actually take that one step further and say that by having everyone in your organization read blogs, you’ll actually be able to learn more at work.


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