(With apologies to Sir Terry Pratchett for the title)
So, it’s been more than nine months since I last updated this blog. I managed a grand total of two blog posts in 2013. Whoops…
There are probably several reasons for the precipitous decline in my blogging. My professional writing has taken other outlets in the past year, with my semi-regular column for CILIP Update (incidentally, I will be adding all my columns from last year to the blog shortly, so keep an eye out!). The job I started last January has been fairly time-consuming and stressful, which hasn’t left me with much energy left for blogging. My CPD has taken a nosedive too, for the same reason (and also partly due to less support from my employer for external CPD).
I think the main reason though, is that I’m feeling less connected to the librarianship and information profession as a whole, so I’ve struggled to come up with things I could meaningfully blog about. I suppose this was an inevitable consequence of taking a non-librarian job in an organisation with no other information professionals, but I honestly didn’t see it coming. Lesson learned, I guess!
If this sounds a bit like I’m moaning about my job, it isn’t meant that way. I really enjoy the work I do, and I don’t regret leaving the corporate librarian sector for it. I think I just need to put more effort into connecting with the wider information profession – I’d really taken for granted how much easier that was when I was working in a library job, surrounded by librarians every day!
Fortunately, I have an Exciting Announcement which will both give me the drive to reconnect with the library world, and opportunities to do so. I’ve been asked to write a book for Facet, as part of their “Tips for Information Professionals” series! My book is provisionally titled “Practical Tips for Demonstrating your Value”, and will take my CILIP columns from this year as a starting point.
I’m both excited and terrified about this! I’m pretty sure I can do it, but I’m also pretty certain that it will eat up all my spare time this year and drive me slightly loopy in the process. I will be blogging further about my plans for the book, as well as looking for potential contributors, in the coming weeks (promise!).
I also plan to blog much more regularly this year. I’m sad about neglecting my blog so badly, and I do miss the engagement I get from blogging. I know a lot of people think blogging has lost its value over the past few years, mostly replaced by Twitter and other instant communication, but I guess I’m old fashioned. I always enjoyed writing my blog, and I still love reading the blogs of other information professionals.
So, with all of the above in mind, these are my professional resolutions for 2014:
- Write book, try not to let it drive me crazy
- Blog at least once per month (this seems a realistic goal!)
- Attend at least two librarianship professional development events
Those all seem like achievable goals. Writing the book may make it a busy and difficult year, but as 2013 really felt like a dead year in terms of how much I accomplished professionally, I think I’m ready to shift back into a higher gear. My mascot for the year will be this Determined Owl (who may be a familiar sight already to my Twitter followers!) – like the Owl, I shall stride determinedly past any obstacles in my path!