In the world there are some people, people who just give common sense, accessible, inspirational and at the same time do-able advice. Gwyneth Jones is one of those people. The Daring Librarian is someone who can get me totally fired up and make me go hah! Yes! I can do that!
Blogging is one of those things that you really just have to make yourself do. You can’t take an extended break because if you get out of the habit you will get all angsty about doing it. Slow and steady wins the blogging race in my humble opinion.
Lots of school librarians go to PD which is about blogging, for goodness sake I have delivered some of that PD, lots of people start, few carry on. It always seems like such a great way to connect with your users, to get your students keen to contribute, to make your staff engage with the library in an online way, to upskill yourself, to get yourself a little patch of the online world you can call your own. But it is hard to find the time, get inspired, write that book review, decide that what you have to say is important, to realise that if you thought something was cool and worth talking about there is surely someone else out there who also thinks that. The trick is to just write it down on your blog or share the link. We are very happy in our school library community in NZ sharing things we find on our listserv, but blogging takes a bit more bravery and gumption. And it is true that people judge you, I am guilty of it myself, just ignore the critics and get on with it.
So, to the rescue comes Gwyneth Jones with her recent post called Just Blog It! Blogging Tips & Ideas. Sensible advice, ways to do things, and in a non-preachy, non toney, in a good old just get on with it post.