Libraries Are For Use. Please update your feeds.
I've been doing some serious reconsideration about my blog -- are my words being read? (well, a little) Do I have regular readers? (well, a few) Am I satisfied with my work? (well, the writing is OK, but the response has been disappointing) What can I do differently?
For one thing, I've never been satisfied with the name. I had never read the work on which the name of this blog was based (Being and Nothingness), nor had I explored Sartre's philosophy in any depth...I had just considered the idea of considering librarianship from an existential perspective (what little I know about existentialism). I was particularly interested in bringing together the theoretical or philosophical ideas of, with the practice of librarianship. But the name struck me (even then) as being a little too obscure and, well, pretentious.
Then there is the platform...I chose Blogger because that is what I had used years ago. I already had my profile set up, I was familiar with the features, and it was easily tied in with my Google account. However, it is, in my opinion, a little on the old-fashioned side, well, in Web terms. It just seems so '90's. When the NTLA blog was set up on WordPress, I liked that platform and decided it was time for a change.
After several weeks of transferring postings, and finally deciding on a template, I think the site is ready for a sneak preview. I wanted a name the better reflects my own philosophy of my chosen profession, so I harkened back to my early postings about S.R. Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science.
Libraries are for Use is my new platform, my new soapbox, which I hope will generate a little more interest. I know, I know...changing blog names is like the character on Parks & Recreation changing his band names. I could loose what few readers I have - would you leave? I also know that content is more important than the name or platform. If I want more readers, I need to write what readers want to read. I'm working on that, too. I'll be learning how to make infographics and writing more on more intriguing ideas. I hope this change gives me some stimulation.
I will keep both blogs going for about a month. In the meantime, please visit there and subscribe, Like, etc. I've also got a PollDaddy poll asking for your input.
And thanks for listening.