Friday, March 11, 2011

Jetsetting and jetlagging


By this time tomorrow, I'll be half-way to holiday time, 4 hours from landing in Newark airport, to start a fun fortnight with 2 friends of touristing, Greyhound-bussing, Washington brunching, hen nighting, cocktail drinking, pole dance classing, wedding attending, Lincoln lap-sitting and beard-pulling, photograph taking, Civil War battlefield visiting, car hiring, near-death-experiences-while-driving-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-roading, Liberty Bell gazing, Philadelphia friend visiting, New York shopping, chocolate gift giving, and Broadway visiting in shiny, shiny America.

You all be good while I'm gone, and play nice with the other boys and girls, mmkay?
I'll be getting a report about you all when I get back, and only the good kids will be allowed a treat after dinner.

Image from here

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Another year, another blogday

Yes, I feel all proud, because it's coming up to birthday-time for the UK Library Bloggers Wiki...it's toddling along nicely all by itself (with just the occasional spammer attack - it's really quite satisfying to get to ban and block people!), with people generally seeming quite happy with the process of adding their blogs themselves.

Since I last looked in July 2010, there have continued to be additions in various categories.

                                          July 2010                                        March 2011
Institutional bloggers              135                                                     152
Individual bloggers                 90                                                       107
Chartership blogs                    5                                                         6
Information professionals         8                                                         8
Suppliers                                 8                                                         8

Total:                                      281 blogs

So, a growth in institutional/workplace bloggers, and individual/personal bloggers too, and a solitary, brave Chartership blog.

I wonder if the 2 years without any change, then last years small growth in Chartership blogs is because people are already blogging, and then decide to Charter, and incorporate that aspect of professional development into their existing blog? Or are fewer people Chartering? Or are those who are Chartering using other methods to log their progress?

I've also decided to remove the Yahoo Pipes combines RSS feed link for Institutional and Individual blogs from the front page of the wiki - it was initially done as an experiment, and now that people are able to add their own blogs, unless I then go in each time after I get the wiki has been edited alert", get their RSS feed, and go edit the Yahoo Pipe, it's never going to be current/accurate. And I'm afraid I just don't have the time to be fiddling like that constantly!

Of course, I haven't clicked on each of those 281 blog links, so I'm quite sure that at least some of them are now defunct - my plan to go through them, and remove the dead blogs to another section has definitely slipped to the bottom of my to-do list. Maybe I'll be more inspired to do it if I get a prize. Can I get a prize?
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