The Meaning of Life?

Who am I? Why am I here?

Don’t worry, I’m not going all existential on you.

I started thinking about what the point of this blog was, or would be. The idea of writing a work-related blog never crossed my mind before, probably because I never really felt like I had anything worth saying.

I’ve been blogging for a few years, and in the past, the only time work was mentioned (anonymously and without fear of recrimination) was when I felt the need to let off steam. In fact, some of my best writing has been borne out of frustration and negativity.

But my blogging has been on culture, politics and random stuff. No niche. No specialty.

No point.

It wasn’t until I signed up for 23 Things that I began to think about what I could positively contribute to a dialogue on information and learning.

Until recently, I hadn’t taken the notion of being an ‘Information Professional’ seriously, despite what the nice man from CILIP once told me. But, when I think about it, I’ve been working in Higher Education for a decade now, always in a library context, and the truth is I actually have experience to draw on when it comes to engaging in the subject matter.

And they do say: “Write what you know.”

So, rather than solely blogging in my self-indulgent, look-at-me-I’m-playing-at-being-a-journalist way, I’ve decided to see where blogging about my professional life can take me.

Not that there’s anything wrong with self-indulgent blogging. Essentially, unless you’re actually being paid to do it as part of your job description, that’s what blogging is; and the whole concept of Blogging itself is fascinating, especially given the transformative effect it is having on the creative industries.

Anyway, I feel a tangent coming on…

As you can see, I’ve set up a blog. I used WordPress, for no other reason than not liking Blogger (sorry, it just irritates me and I can’t get on with it. I tried, I really did. Maybe it’s me..?). Well, that’s a lie, I use WordPress already. Two reasons then.

WordPress is great because it’s simple, easy and unfussy. You just pick a theme and start writing. I’m not into the whole HTML CSS thing, and with WordPress that’s not a problem.

I’ve started to explore the world of blogs, helpfully laid out before us on the 23 Things site, and so far this is my favourite:; I’d like to say that it captures the essence of information storage and retrieval perfectly, but in reality I was captured by the entertainment value of reading old letters.

I think I’ve decided on a tag/category strategy (try saying that after a few glasses of fizzy) which I shall endeavour to implement, and I plan on heading into Cool Extra Thing 1 territory forthwith. But it’s late, so I’m going home now.

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3 thoughts on “The Meaning of Life?

  1. melonh12 says:

    Excellent! I look forward to reading even more. Some of what you are saying reflects what I have been thinking about blogging and the act of blogging. Especially the niche vs random collection of things idea.
    Look forward to seeing where you do cool extra thing!

  2. Samantha says:

    I follow a couple of blogs where the author actually does it for a living, using advertising on-site and/or using it to drive book or course sales, and the one thing they all tend to say is that a blog should have a specific purpose, a niche, in order to attract and retain loyal followers. They also recommend personalisation, having your own voice and not just sounding like a corporate drone, of course, but it’s interesting how much your thoughts match what they’re doing.

    Sadly I suspect we’re not going to be able to retire on the proceeds of our library blogs, though, no matter how fabulous the writing!

  3. RMG says:

    Fantastic post! Really enjoyed reading it, and going off at tangents is fab!
    Interested to see what you think about using social media & web 2 in work context, both for yourself, colleagues and for users

    Rowena – 23 Things team

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