Ok, so it’s Blog Day… The mandate is to recommend five new blogs. But here’s the thing: This morning, when I started trawling through the nearly 100 subscriptions in my feed reader looking for blogs to post for my first Blog Day entry, I realised I’m not really subscribed to anything all that new. Much as I’d love to spend the next few hours trawling for new and exciting blogs to post about, I’ve just spent the entire day procrastinating about writing an assignment, a conference paper and a committee paper (yup, I wrote not a single word, besides those you’ll find on this blog), so the situation is now dire and I must do some work.
So here’s my list for this year. Let’s call it “New to my feed reader, though not necessarily new”
- lo-fi librarian: Great weekly list of useful tools, and other gems in between.
- Everything is miscellaneous: The companion blog to the book of the same name. I will get round to reading this book one day. [Aside: I think I'm going to start getting into audio books. It would be so good to cram some reading in to the 6 or 7 hours I spend in the car between Monday and Friday each week. I might wait til this comes out as an audio book.]
- apophenia: the blog of danah boyd, authority on social network sites (you might have caught the hoopla about her recent blog essay on the way American class divisions are played out on Facebook and MySpace). This is a great read if you’re interested in the phenomenon of social network sites and youth culture. A really thoughtful and thought provoking blog.
- iLibrarian: Ok so this one is actually new, and it’s been picked up on a number of Blog Day lists. Written by Ellyssa Kroski, who also writes InfoTangle, this blog has offered some great posts lately, including a list of resources on gaming in libraries and a guide to Twitter in libraries. Gold.
- Ypulse: This blog’s tagline is “daily news & commentary about Generation Y for media and marketing professionals”. Anyone who knows me even a little knows I’m a typical Gen Yer, and also that I’ve got a bit of an interest in generational theory. So my motivations for reading this blog are pretty obvious. But it’s also quite a fun read, and I’d argue it’s essential reading if you’ve got anything to do with delivering youth services.