When sitting down to write my first post for this communal blog I pondered a large number of topics. In the end I came to the conclusion that for my first post, rather than launching straight into a post on a particular theme, I should first address the elephant in the room. That elephant being the question why? Why blog? What do I wish to achieve by writing here in this format.
Let us look at the motivations for blogging in general. It seems to me that there are a number of reasons why people blog; they have an abiding passion for a topic which they wish to share, or they are blogging as part of a business strategy to promote a product or service, or they have a diverse number of friends spread over a wide geography with whom they wish to share parts of their lives. Maybe they just like the sound of keys tapping 🙂
I think the motivation for this blog is an abiding passion for libraries, and a wanting to share. On a personal level, I also think there is a dearth of communication between librarians, and hopefully this will fill a gap that I have seen for a long time. As a professional librarian in a small rural community there are not many opportunities to chew the fat with fellow professionals, and this will hopefully create a place to give us more opportunities to discuss and debate.
Therefore, what are the objectives that I see for this blog? Blogs are a communication tool, and the main objective I wish to achieve is communicating with fellow librarians about topics that are of interest. My dream as it is, is that we will develop a readership that comments on topics, thus creating a forum for debate.