Recently, Darren Rowse at ProBlogger posted Five Reasons Why Mom Blogs Are the Blogs to Watch. Darren says “Mom blogs are poised to become the next big â€œItâ€ when it comes to the internetâ€“theyâ€™re gathering power like no other blogging niche and will only get bigger and better.” Then he lists some reasons why – go read the article to get that list.
And now, a thought (that I’m swiping from more than one presenter at PLA) that continues to swirl through my head weeks after PLA is over: what local community blogs are you reading? Sure – you read 800 library technology blogs, and another 500 non-library tech blogs (no, I don’t read that many blogs). But how about some local blogs?
The gist of what I heard at PLA goes something like this: subscribe to some blogs in your local community and start participating on them via commenting. What does that look like? Here are some initial thoughts:
- answer questions they ask – even link to library content in your comment
- answer those questions they needed to ask, but didn’t – you know what I mean…
- Make normal, interested-sounding comments… that is, if you’re really interested
- Supply useful additional details when you see them – again, linking to the library’s stuff in the process
- Friend some locals on twitter/facebook/myspace/etc
- Set up some vanity searches in technorati and Google alerts, and thank people when they mention your library! How cool would that be?
So yes – this is a bit more “active” than what librarians tend to be used to… but if you want to make an impact in your local [digital] community, you need to be participating. Because if you aren’t participating, you don’t exist.