Every Sunday night now I have what is developing into a little ritual. I hop onto the computer after tea, skip around the websites I like to read, power up Word, write my post for The Room Of Infinite Diligence and then schedule it to appear first thing Monday morning. Usually during the previous week a number of topics have floated in and out of my consciousness and I have settled on one, developed what I want to write, and it flows onto the screen. Other weeks I know not what I want to write until I sit down and start. Tonight I had a couple of ideas that had drifted around, but nothing concrete, and I am struggling to remember what I wanted to say. So sitting down to write I tapped at the keyboard, but nothing came out.
The problem this week has been distractibility. One of the wonders of Libraries and the Internet, which is why I think librarians are such strong advocates of the Web, is that both are centres of serendipity and time wasting. There can be no greater joy for the bibliophile, or infophile, than of wondering down shelves, or diving down virtual rabbit holes, and seeing what you can find. Libraries, and the Internet, allow people like myself to indulge our distractible natures, in pursuing completely random bits of information, that have little relevance to what we should be doing, but are just really interesting.
This week, despite actually getting a lot done, hosting the LIANZA Ikaroa regions AGM, being inspired by Rosalie Blake, and formulating some concrete plans for the future, has been a week where I have kept getting lost, either in a book being catalogued or by making that so typical error of clicking on a link, and then another, and then another, as I was sucked down one path then another.
So in the end I have decided to celebrate this part of my nature, and the nature of libraries and the Internet. A nature so aptly coined in the phrase for Library week “Escape, Explore, Discover”. I hope you too fall down many holes and when you emerge, are revitalised and inspired. Don’t listen to the robot with his warnings of Danger Will Robinson, but join me at the Mad Hatters Tea Party!
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