Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Week One: Blogs and RSS Feeds

As mentioned below, I've had a blog before. I also post updates for the Society of Georgia Archivists blog, so I am already pretty familiar with the software and publishing from it. I do think that Blogger (and likely others) are fairly easy to use. I also like that I can follow other blogs and add them to my Google Reader.

I've been using Google Reader for a few months now and I love, love, love it. I subscribe to a lot of blog's and other websites (mainly sports) and I really enjoy being able to see a Table of Contents style list of new posts, as well as not having to navigate to multiple web addresses to see the kind of content that I like. Most of all, I like being able to mark posts as "Keep Unread" so that I can come back to longer articles, or content that I want to revisit, later on. This is very handy at work, where I can sometimes glance around my Reader, but not spend a long time reading.

My subscriptions are pretty broad (all those listed here are SFW). I follow the sports site Deadspin, the Atlanta gossip site Straight from the A, and my friend Loc's blog, Diabetes Can Be Delicious. This is just a few, but it shows some breadth. The sports are because I love sports and need that news with a little humor; the Atlanta gossip because I live there so it is of local interest (and SFTA premieres a lot of hot R&B and Hip-Hop tracks before I see them anywhere else); and I like to keep up with Loc's efforts at controlling diabetes, as well as his to die for pictures of food.

Mmm, food. As you can tell from the blog title, it's always on my mind.

One issue that I have had with Reader is finding things. There have been several times that I have searched for columns that I know are popular, and come up empty. I've even directly copied in web addresses and still not been able to subscribe. A recent example is one of the sports columnists for the Boston Globe. Should have been easy, right?

23 Things for Archivists

I used to have a blog, but I never kept up with it. I'm starting this blog as part of a project for the Society of American Archivists Reference Access and Outreach's "23 Things for Archivists" project. I gave it a silly title, and used my real email address so that maybe I will keep up with blogging after the project is over.

Over the coming weeks, I'll be creating accounts to try out various Web 2.0 technologies that have proven useful for archivists and librarians. Visit the project's blog to learn more.